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Inherit the Wind

We’ll be the first to admit that as we have tracked the burgeoning implementation of wind-powered energy in the past two years, our attention has been focused on the “wind corridor” that stretches through the middle of the country from the upper Great Plains down into Texas. Frankly, New York City and suburban New Jersey do not readily come to mind when the subject is wind power. But innovators based in the ...

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USDA Boosts Rural Development

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced the selection of community based organizations in 18 states to receive funding to promote economic growth. USDA Rural Development Rural Housing Administrator Tammy Trevino made the announcement on Vilsack's behalf while attending an event with Senator Blanche Lincoln at the Arkansas Studies Institute in Little Rock. The organizations will receive more than $6. ...

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Bombardier Lands in Macon, GA

Macon, GA Mayor Robert Reichert and Macon Bibb County Industrial Authority Chairman Cliff Whitby have announced that Bombardier Aerospace will open a maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) operation at the Middle Georgia Regional Airport in Macon, Bibb County, Georgia. The Canadian-based transportation giant will invest $2 million, employ 180 maintenance and support personnel and occupy the former Atlantic ...

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U.S. Backs New Nuclear Power Plants

President Obama put his stamp of approval this week on the reemergence of nuclear power in the United States, announcing that the Energy Department will back the construction of two reactors in Georgia with $8.3 billion in loan guarantees. The Southern Company and two partners will build the twin reactors, which will be located in Burke County. If it is completed, the project will be the first successful nu ...

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2010 Silicon Valley Index Sounds Alarm

The 2010 Index of Silicon Valley paints a gloomy picture of California’s recession-battered high-tech hub and warns that rapid economic growth in other countries coupled with the Golden State’s legislative gridlock is “draining the lifeblood of funding and foreign talent” from the Valley. Reclaiming Silicon Valley’s prosperity and prominence as a technology leader is not a given, argues the report released ...

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Wisconsin Pools Stimulus Bonds

Wisconsin is moving to make use of $238 million in economic development bonding provided under the federal stimulus program. Gov. Jim Doyle recently signed legislation enabling the state to pool its federal recovery zone bonds to fund job-creation projects statewide. “By pooling these resources together, we will make sure we take full advantage of this opportunity and move forward job-creating projects acro ...

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Reaching for Olympic Gold

As the winter Olympics unfold in Vancouver, B.C., the quadrennial guessing game has begun. Speculation is rampant, but not about which competitors will take home the most medals. Possibly the biggest question mark hanging over western Canada right now is whether the Games will turn a profit. Even before the festivities of the opening ceremonies began, Canadian newspapers were debating the accuracy of offici ...

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Ohio Third Frontier Renewal Up to Voters

A $700 million renewal of Ohio Third Frontier — the 10-year, $1.6 billion project to re-energize Ohio’srneconomy by investing in emerging technologies — will be decided by voters inrnreferendum on the state’s May 4 ballotGov. Ted Strickland praised a bipartisan agreement reached inrnthe state legislature to renew the Third Frontier. “This bipartisan agreementrnis the stron ...

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Cellulosic Ethanol Plant Opens in Tennessee

One of the world’s first cellulosic ethanol demonstration plants has opened near Vonore, TN, marking what Gov. Phil Bredesen calls “an important step forward” in the race to reduce dependency on fossil fuels. The $50 million facility is expected to have an output of 250,000 gallons of ethanol annually and serve as a testing ground for new technologies that can be used in larger scale production. A partnersh ...

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Linden, NJ Approves Clean Coal Plant

The city of Linden, NJ has cleared the way for the construction of a $5-billion clean coal plant to be constructed on the banks of the Arthur Kill river. The Linden City Council unanimously approved a memorandum of understanding to resolve development rights to a 106-acre property on the banks of the Arthur Kill, property the city had previously tried to condemn for a redevelopment plan in 2005. The council ...

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