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The New Black South
When Mark Wells moved to the Dallas area last year, he had plenty of company -- and not just because his three sisters had settled there ahead of him. The Kansas native had lived for nearly 20 years in Southern California, building up his career in technology. But the state’s long run of double-digit unemployment finally convinced him to listen to his sisters and move to Texas. He has no regrets. “I told my friends in California, ‘You got to get out of there,’” he says. “There are no jobs and the cost of living is outrageous.” Governing
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Texas School District Pays $20M for iPads
Do tablet computers help kids learn? One school district believes they do, and it’s banking on the devices in a major way. This year thousands of students in McAllen, Texas, will receive high-tech Apple products courtesy of the local school district, which is investing more than $20 million in the devices and infrastructure needed to support them. The McAllen Independent School District has already given out about 5,600 of the devices, which include iPods for students in pre-kindergarten through second grade, and iPads for students in third grade and up. Next school year, the district will start distributing the devices to each of its more than 25,000 students. Governing
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Container firm locates headquarters in Greenville
COLUMBIA, S.C. — The firm Encore Container is investing $3.9 million in a new manufacturing and corporate headquarters in Greenville that is expected to create 89 jobs. Chief executive officer Chad Odom says the firm is opening an 80,000-square-foot headquarters, manufacturing site and recycling facility. The firm produces 55-gallon plastic drums and 275-gallon containers. It also cleans, reconditions and recycles such equipment. The State
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Downtown Oklahoma City revival is marked by desperation, doubt, struggles
With Oklahoma City euphoric with its arrival in the NBA Finals and the local economy grabbing national headlines, it's easy to forget in the late 1980s this city wasn't just hit by an economic slump or recession — it was a virtual depression. The Oklahoman
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Proposed $2 billion Mississippi Gasification plant to get new lease option
Mississippi Gasification has little over a month to work out the terms of a new lease option and decide what its ultimate product will be for a proposed $2 billion plant in Moss Point, Miss. Mobile Press-Register
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Why the power industry is running away from coal
Last September, we reported that “peak coal” had come to Appalachia. There’s a reason that the industry is relying on destructive practices like mountaintop-removal mining: Coal is harder to come by. Mines have increasingly small seams of coal to extract. Grist
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REHAU adding 200 jobs as part of massive new expansion
CULLMAN, Al. — Having picked up a major new contract earlier this year, the Cullman REHAU manufacturing plant is gearing up for a massive expansion that should create 200 jobs over the next two years. Cullman Times
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The South's Best Economic Development Law Firms
If your company is undergoing a site search in the American South, this digital magazine of the South's best economic development law firms is a valuable asset. Southern Business & Development magazine recently conducted a survey of the region's economic development community and the results of the survey can be found in this digital magazine. Find out which law firms are considered the best in the practice of economic development. Click on the headline above. SB&D
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Old Town, New Town
It must have seemed a good idea at the time. A brand new town dreamt up by Jane Jacobs' acolytes, utilizing what is called Traditional Neighborhood Design. A town with none of the defects of conventional suburbs: big lots, wide streets, rambling homes, restrictions on businesses, strip malls. And so New Town, Missouri, was born. American Spectator
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Not So Fast, Jeb Bush
The headline in the New York Times? Jeb Bush Questions G.O.P.'s Shift to the Right The story begins this way: Former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida said his father, George Bush, and Ronald Reagan would find themselves out of step with today's Republican Party because of its strict adherence to ideology and the intensity of modern partisan warfare. American Spectator
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Features & Opinion

 Top Ten Places in the South for Relocating California Companies

The America South is home to almost as many residents as the Northeast and the Midwest combined, but even that statistical record is about to be broken. According to a new Census Bureau study that came out in April, 51 percent of the nation's population jump occurred in the South from 2010 to 2013.
 

 Randle Report - Business News in the South

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By Stacy Randle
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.
 

 Business News in the South - Randle Report

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This is our annual "Made in the South" issue and it's timely because there is a new player in the South's manufacturing universe. For almost two decades, economic developers and politicos in the South and the U.S. have been chasing Chinese projects with little or nothing to show. Want proof we've been chasing ghosts in China for years? Okay, go ahead and name a Chinese brand that's made in the South? Tick. . .tick. . .tick. Give up?
 
 Nashville Mayour Karl Dean

We try to change up the categories in our annual Ten Top 10s section, but we always include the "Ten People Who Made a Difference" category. This year though, we are honoring 12 and you will learn why by reading about this group of folks who have made a difference in the South. Here is our annual list that includes executives, economic developers and politicians who have made a difference in the South's economy.


 


 

 

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