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Retail’s Open Door Policy

As the U.S. retail industry suffers some of the most severe sales declines in history, stores are taking drastic measures to help boost some last-minute holiday sales. An article in The Wall Street Journal highlights an all-hours free-for-all in New York City's retail mecca, Times Square. Toys "R" Us opened as normal on Friday, December 19th, but it will not close until 8pm on Christmas Eve—a run of 134 con ...

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Coca-Cola Goes Collegiate in Kentucky

Coca-Cola Enterprises announced yesterday it will locate its new Information Technology Development Center in Louisville, KY. The company intends to recruit from the local collegiate base for the new IT and Business Information Services (BIS) Development Center. The project is expected to create approximately 35 new full-time jobs in the community. The BIS Development Center of Louisville will be an extensi ...

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Utah Wins eBay’s Bid

eBay Inc. and the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) just announced the closing of a land sale in South Jordan City Utah where eBay will develop its first next-generation data center.  The data center will include new technologies and services that will enable eBay to deliver improved capabilities to its hundreds of millions of active users across its many web sites. The new facility will ...

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TN Nabs $2.5-billion Energy Investment

Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Matt Kisber today joined with the chief executive officers of Hemlock Semiconductor and its parent company, Dow Corning, to announce Hemlock Semiconductor’s plan to locate a polycrystalline silicon manufacturing operation at the Commerce Park megasite in Clarksville, TN. The facility, which will produce a primary component ...

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AllianceTexas’ Success Nears $34 Billion

This week's economic impact report on AllianceTexas shows a staggering overall impact total: $33.8 billion on North Texas communities. One of the most successful public-private partnerships in the United States, AllianceTexas has been in a vital economic engine for 20 years. Approximately $100 million of combined initial investment from the city of Fort Worth, the state of Texas and the Federal Aviation Adm ...

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Creating a “Monster” in Florence, SC

Representatives from the Florence County Economic Development Partnership, the South Carolina Department of Commerce and Red Rock Developments joined Monster officials this month to officially break ground on the career management company's new customer service facility in Florence, SC. Monster opened a temporary facility in Florence in September and has been recruiting talent and conducting training effort ...

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$26-million Investment Hits North Carolina

Precor Incorporated, one of the most respected brands in fitness equipment, announced today that they will open a new Southeast manufacturing, assembly and distribution facility at Rock Creek Center in Eastern Guilford County, North Carolina. The company will invest $26.2 million and build a 225,000-square-foot, LEED-certified building to accommodate its operations. Precor plans to hire approximately 142 em ...

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Kansas will be site of new $450 million biodefense lab

The federal government has recommended a site in at Kansas State University in Manhattan, KS, for a new $450 million laboratory to study biological threats like anthrax and foot-and-mouth disease. The Department of Homeland Security’s choice of Manhattan beat out intense competition from other sites in Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina and Texas. DHS official revealed their decision to several lawmakers ...

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Lee County, FL launches $25 million cash incentive for expanding/relocating businesses

At a time when tightening credit markets are limiting dollars for economic development, one Florida county has responded with a $25 million cash incentive fund that can provide significant capital for expansion and relocation. Lee County, situated in the heart of Southwest Florida, has launched the FIRST (Financial Incentives for Recruiting Strategic Targets) Initiative as a negotiated, performance-based in ...

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Investments in St. Louis Metro East approach $9.5 billion

After shattering records in 2006-2007, the development pipeline for Southwestern Illinois continued to swell over the past year, reaching a new high of more than $9.4 billion. The 2007-2008 Market Review and Investment Update – released this month by the Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois - shows the total value of projects announced, under construction or completed during the reporting period ending ...

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