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Green Light Turns Yellow

Historians call the period from 1876 to 1905 the Second Industrial Revolution in America. Here's a quick rundown of the innovations that remade the nation in this 30-year span: 1876 -- Alexander Graham Bell invents the telephone. 1879 -- Thomas Edison invents the incandescent light bulb. 1892 -- Rudolf Diesel patents the diesel engine. 1899 -- Marconi invents the wireless. 1903 -- The Wright Brothers make t ...

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KBA Funds National Animal Health Center of Innovation

A new "high-speed lane" will be built along the Animal Health Corridor that spans Kansas and Missouri, thanks to a $1-million investment by the Kansas Bioscience Authority. At its board meeting in Washington, DC, the Kansas Bioscience Authority (KBA) approved seed money to establish a public-private consortium called the National Center of Animal Health Innovation. This “center of innovation” will bring nin ...

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Native Americans Sue to Block U.S. Solar Projects

Native Americans are going to court to block the federal government from implementing plans to fast-track approval and construction of massive solar energy projects that the Indians fear will harm sacred and culturally significant sites in Western deserts, according to an AP report. Recent lawsuits by two native groups pose a threat to half dozen proposed solar developments that the Obama administration has ...

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Ashley, IN Snares Two Distribution Centers

Western Power Sports, Inc. has announced it will locate a distribution center in Ashley, creating up to 40 new jobs by 2012. Western Power Sports is the second company to announce plans to locate a distribution center in the small town of Ashley, Ind. this year. In January, Family Dollar Stores, Inc. said it would start construction on a $70 million, 815,000 square-foot distribution center in the Dekalb Cou ...

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Air Force Tanker Decision Fuels 50,000 Aerospace Jobs

The Pentagon has announced it has picked Boeing Co. to begin building a fleet of 179 new aerial refueling tankers. The $3.5-billion contract to build 18 of the Air Force tankers is the first phase of a $35-billion project that will keep an estimated 50,000 aerospace employees busy for years to come. Boeing was chosen over European archrival Airbus and its parent company European Aeronautic Defense & Spa ...

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What’s in a name?

Loyal visitors to this space know that we always are interested in the efforts of state, regional and local economicrndevelopment agencies to rebrand their locations in pursuit of the holy grail ofrna catchy tag line that imprints their neighborhood on the collectivernconsciousness. Something like "Whatever happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas." Last fall, we reported that the city fathers ofrnColumbus, OH had ...

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Tropicana Expands in Florida

Tropicana Products Inc. plans to build a new manufacturing facility in Manatee County, according to the Manatee Economic Development Council. The new facility will occupy 36,000 square feet, and will cost $4 million to construct. As construction nears completion, Tropicana will also invest in new equipment to upgrade its bottling capabilities. The county’s ability to retain Tropicana’s business was boosted ...

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Austin Powder Plans Facility in Green County, TN

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has announced that an Ohio-based explosives company is planning to build a manufacturing plant in Greene County, TN that will create 80 new jobs. Haslam says Austin Powder Inc. plans to invest more than $110 million for a facility to produce liquid ammonium nitrate, which is used as a raw material in the production of blasting agents used in mining and construction. According to t ...

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Intel Plans $5-Billion Plant in Arizona

Intel Corp. has announced it will build a $5-billion plant in Arizona. The new semiconductor fabrication facility, called Fab 42, will open in 2013 and create 4,000 new jobs in the U.S. Intel CEO Paul Otellini announced the deal during a visit by President Obama to Intel's plant in Hillsboro, OR last week. “Fab 42 will be the most advanced high-volume semiconductor factory in the world,” Otellini said. “Thi ...

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Atlantic Beverage Picks Spartanburg for Bottling Plant

The South Carolina Department of Commerce and the Economic Futures Group of Spartanburg County have announced that Atlantic Beverage Inc. will locate its new bottling operation in Spartanburg County. The $10 million investment is expected to generate 300 new jobs over the next two years. “We are very excited about bringing our new bottling facility online. Spartanburg County was able to provide us with a bu ...

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