Jun 3, 2015
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No Place Like Home Office: Telecommuting Branches Out

The Blue Line train in Charlotte, NC

If you head to the office and think you’re not seeing as many people as you used to, you may not be wrong. Telecommuting, the now almost dated expression for working remotely, continues to gain momentum. A number of factors are influencing the telecommuting trend. For one, office real estate prices in many markets are on […]

May 29, 2015
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The Creative Core: The Secret to the Most Successful Creative Economies

Communities that aren't investing in STEM education run the risk of losing innovation jobs.

Communities with creative economies are in high demand right now, but how easy is it to create one? That question is the focus of a study by economic researchers at Arizona State University who have taken an in-depth look at the growth and development of the creative economy before and after the Great Recession. Knowledge […]

May 27, 2015
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Southeast Auto Industry: Still on a Roll

Auto manufacturing

The central nervous system of the automotive industry in North America may still be rooted in Detroit, but the heart of production is squarely in the Southeast, where a slew of domestic and foreign nameplates are investing billions and drawing legions of Tier I and Tier II suppliers. The Southeast auto industry continues to gain […]

May 20, 2015
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Reshoring Manufacturing: States Attracting Jobs

Manufacturing: Cast iron cookware

A newly released report by the Reshoring Initiative found reshoring and related trends in foreign direct investment (FDI) were up 20 percent in 2014 from the record levels in 2013.

May 15, 2015
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Three Secrets for Planning Project Approval

Matt Carmichael of Livability.com shares his insights on sure-fire tactics to get project approval for a development plan.

My colleague Matt Carmichael, editor of Livability.com and a contributor to this blog, is in line for at least a set of steak knives if not a brand, new Cadillac for his insights this week on sure-fire tactics to get project approval for a development plan. “A good idea is never good enough,” Matt writes. […]

May 8, 2015
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Southern Sweep: Five Southern States Top Best States for Business

Texas Star at state museum

CEOs across the nation have voted five Southern states as their favorite states for business thanks to their low tax burdens, strong business climates and high quality of life.

May 6, 2015
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Venture Funding: States Where Money Is Flowing

Science & Research: Red test tubes

When it comes to venture funding, there is California, and there is everyone else. According to the PricewaterhouseCoopers and National Venture Capital Association MoneyTree report, based on data from Thomson Reuters, California alone accounted for more than 1,800 venture funding deals in 2014, worth a staggering $28.5 billion. Even more staggering is this: more than 85 […]