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Top five energy issues to remember in 2012
In many ways, 2012 will be remembered for what didn’t happen on energy. President Barack Obama rejected the Keystone XL pipeline, but that merely set up yet another decision on the project in 2013. In Congress, lawmakers bickered over a slew of energy issues — but despite dozens of message votes in the House, never managed to send major energy legislation to Obama’s desk. Politico
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The logic of House GOP intransigence
The unruly House Republicans who spurned Speaker John Boehner as the country flirts with fiscal havoc might’ve seemed like they were doing their best “Lord of the Flies” rendition. But last week’s mayhem had a certain logic — the logic of politicians wanting to keep their jobs. Politico
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Westward expansion: Chattanooga Airport service to Houston sought by board
Chattanooga Airport officials are looking south as they work up their wish list of new nonstop air service. Chattanooga Times Free-Press
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20 years for BMW: S.C. plant a success
GREER, S.C. — Two decades ago, then-South Carolina Gov. Carroll Campbell stood at the Greenville-Spartanburg airport and announced that a BMW plant being built just up the road would be a benchmark in the history of the state. The Tennessean
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Stakes are high for Florida in impending port strike, and more personal in Tampa
TAMPA — Just about everything imported onto the shelves of the nation's major retailers arrived in this country in a big corrugated steel box. Tampa Bay Times
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Gov. Robert Bentley asking Alabama lawmakers to delay voluntary retirement incentives program
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley is asking lawmakers to delay introducing legislation that would provide eligible state employees with a voluntary retirement incentives program. al.com
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U.S. Doesn't Need Washington for Economic Stimulus
America doesn’t need Washington for an economic stimulus. President Barack Obama lobbied Congress for a $50 billion investment in infrastructure as part of the fiscal cliff battle, but it’s been stymied by gridlock. A contentious corner of the energy industry is having much more success, though. Shale gas and oil production pumped three times that amount into the economy in 2012, with more to come. It won’t cure America’s ills, but it should ease the pain. Slate
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Florida environmental agency lays off longtime employees and hires from regulated industries
In 2003, when a leaky gypsum stack at an abandoned phosphate plant threatened to kill a vast cross section of Tampa Bay's marine life, Charles Kovach came up with a solution that saved the bay. Tampa Bay Times
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Georgia’s Hunger Games
When the economy crashed in 2008, millions of Americans lost their jobs. Applications for food stamps soared. So did attendance at emergency food providers—soup kitchens and food pantries—that help the estimated 50 million people, working and non-working, who can't afford enough groceries to get through the month. Slate
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Zehr: Building a better pipeline for workforce development
Maria Victoria Chairez knows how hard it can be to take that first step into the new and unfamiliar. She did just that in January, signing up for English and citizenship classes at Manos de Cristo, a church-affiliated nonprofit that provides education and other support services for low-income Austinites. With the older of her two daughters reaching school age and starting to see mommy as a role model to emulate, Chairez figured it was time to improve her English language and jobs skills. Austin American Statesman
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 Top Ten Places in the South for Relocating California Companies

Urban areas have all kinds of assets that are easy to spot. They have the population, so the labor shed is not usually an issue. Urban areas are also connected by better roads, rail and air service and many have river and deep water ports. Usually Internet access and other forms of communication are more efficient in urban areas. And you have a larger array of quality of life options to choose from, such as the cultural assets found in metropolitan areas.
 

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Demographer Wendell Cox recently analyzed the largest gains in holders of bachelor's and post-graduate degrees between 2007 and 2012 in the 51 metro regions in the U.S. of 1 million residents or more. The results were published in Forbes magazine and the South dominated the ranking.
 

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After I finished the cover story for this issue, I read an interesting article by economist Paul Krugman, the op-ed columnist for the New York Times, titled, "Partying like it’s 1995." Generally I side with Krugman, even though I am a journalist, not an economist. Occasionally, though, I read some of his stuff and ask myself, "What planet did Krugman come from?" Like when he predicted a shift of automotive assembly to Canada after Toyota announced a new plant in Woodstock, Ontario in 2005 because of "free healthcare," among other benefits. That Toyota deal was the last major automotive assembly plant announced in Canada and I predict it will be the very last one for the Canadians.
 
 Nashville Mayour Karl Dean
If you have ever seen one of my presentations, then you know about the word "reshoring" and how that phenomenon has lifted the spirits of even the most skeptical Southerners regarding the future of the region's economy. After all, in the last four decades, manufacturing has suffered a bloodletting never before seen in U.S. history. The biggest factor behind the slow and long meltdown that began in the 1990s was the herd mentality to offshore manufacturing capacity to cheaper locales, primarily by U.S.-owned companies.
 


 

 

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