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Several U.S. cities are competing for a place in Google's “Fiber for Communities” program. The Internet giant is going to select several communities for installation of Web connections with speeds 100 times faster than anywhere else, with data transfer rates faster than 1 gigabit per second. Cities have until March 26 to tell Google they're interested in the venture. Google says it will pick one or more cit ...

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RASCO to Relocate to Flint, MI

Renewable and Sustainable Companies (RASCO has been approved for tax credits that will help locate its headquarters to Flint, MI. RASCO said it will take up to eight weeks before it officially secures the building and starts bring its operations to 2851 Cole Blvd., near Buick City. "We’ll start the relocation into the Flint area and begin in earnest the actual recruitment," CEO Rick Short said today. The $1 ...

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Purdue to Boost High-Tech Push

Purdue University plans to get more involved in high-tech economic development efforts across the Northern Indiana Corridor, according to a report posted on SouthBendTribune.com. The effort, called the Northern Indiana Corridor effort, plans to make use of academics and research in high-tech ventures—including packaging, wireless technology, electric vehicles and other "new economy" efforts—to boost the eco ...

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San Antonio Snares $3.7 Million in Solar Grants

San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro has announced that the city has received $3.7 million in federal stimulus funds for solar panels at three locations. The solar panels will be located on buildings at the University of Texas at San Antonio and St. Philip’s College, as well as the city’s Mission Verde Center at Cooper. The three sites are expected to generate 600 kilowatts, nearly tripling the city’s large-scal ...

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Siemens Energy Plans $135 Million Expansion

Gov. Bev Perdue has announced that Siemens Energy Inc. will expand its gas turbine operations in Charlotte, NC. The company plans to add 825 jobs and invest at least $135 million over the next five years, the Asheville Citizen-Times reports. The expansion was supported by state grants from the Job Development Investment Grant program and One North Carolina Fund. “Creating jobs is my No. 1 priority and this ...

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Pierre Foods Expands NC Plant

Pierre Foods, Inc., a leading manufacturer and distributor of fully cooked meats and frozen sandwiches, has selected its existing manufacturing facility in Claremont, NC for a project that will maintain more than 700 and create 500 new jobs over the next three years with an investment of more than $16.8 million. While salaries will vary from position to position, the more than 500 jobs to be created will ha ...

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New Jersey Diverts Clean Energy Funds

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who has enacted deep budget cuts since taking office in January, is now taking aim at the Garden State’s highly touted Clean Energy Program. Gov. Christie notified the state Board of Public Utilities (BPU), which oversees the program, that he is diverting $158 million in clean energy funds to help offset a $2.2-billion state budget deficit. Environmentalists have expressed co ...

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Wyoming to Tax Wind Energy Production

Wyoming will have more authority over the siting of wind farms and the state will begin taxing wind energy production under bills that Gov. Dave Freudenthal signed into law Friday, the Billings Gazette reported. The $1-per-megawatt-hour tax on wind energy generated in the state goes into effect in 2012. The wind industry fought the tax bill unsuccessfully this session. Industry lobbyists had urged lawmakers ...

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ConAgra Closing Damaged NC Plant

ConAgra says it is going to shut its Slim Jim manufacturing plant in Garner, NC within 15 to 18 months. The company says it will cost too much to rebuild the portion of plant damaged in last June’s explosion; compared to what it costs to make Slim Jims in Troy, Ohio. “Our facility in Troy is larger, more modern and is more conducive to the expansion we need for this product line,” said ConAgra’s Greg Smith. ...

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