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  • What Are the Best Employee Perks? 4 Questions to Ask First

    Over half of US employees admit they are searching for a new job or watching for openings. Many consider financial benefits such as bonuses, pensions and profit-sharing plans pivotal factors in switching jobs. Gallup’s “State of the American Workforce” report recommends employee benefits that offer flexibility......

  • Hurricane to Cost Tens of Billions, but a Quick Recovery Is Expected

    As a natural disaster, Hurricane Harvey is no doubt spurring myriad personal tragedies. Financially, Moody’s Analytics estimates that the damage will range from $40 billion to $50 billion. But economists disagree on how the storm will impact overall economic indicators like inflation and GDP. Read......

  • An overlooked indicator just plunged, and that could signal trouble ahead

    Data on household formation – i.e., young adults leaving the nest for their own homes and apartments — helps forecast demand for a wide range of durable goods. Though subject to shifting demographics, it offers an early read on overall economic performance. And the latest......

  • Paul Ryan defends Wisconsin’s tax incentives for Foxconn factory

    Critics of economic development incentives are zeroing in on Wisconsin’s $3 billion agreement with China’s Foxconn for an LCD-panel manufacturing plant that will create at least 3,000 jobs. Wisconsin legislators now must approve the deal. Here’s how the project’s Republican advocates are defending it. Read......

  • International travel to US drops for first time since 2009

    Visits to the US by foreign tourists, including business travelers, fell in 2016. So too did their spending. But thus far in 2017 there is evidence of a rebound, according to the US Department of Commerce. Read More...

  • Regions Bank: Economic Preview

    Noted macroeconomist Richard Moody breaks down July indicators for the US economy and what they might mean. Read More...

  • Filling jobs toughest task for Tennessee manufacturers

    With 25% of Tennessee’s manufacturing workforce set to retire by 2025, state leaders are stepping up efforts to encourage current and future workers to consider careers in manufacturing. Read More...

  • 2017 Aerospace manufacturing attractiveness rankings

    The US remains the world’s most attractive environment for aerospace manufacturing, according to a 2017 assessment by PriceWaterhouseCoopers. The consulting firm examined factors that include costs, labor resources, infrastructure and tax policies. Within the US, North Carolina took a #4 ranking based on the same......

  • North Carolina develops four auto plant megasites

    In readying four mega-sites, North Carolina – the only state in the southeastern US without an automotive assembly plant – proves its seriousness about winning the next big facility. Read More...

  • North Carolina Seeks to Close Broadband Gaps Through Crowdsourcing Portal

    If you thought that crowdsourcing was a nifty way to raise funds to kick start your latest invention or help law enforcement track down criminals, here’s a new way to put it to work: improving internet access. This is the idea behind a new reporting tool launched......