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The Economic Development Digest - November 15, 2013

Womble Carlyle’s Economic Development Digest aggregates news, opportunities and legislation impacting business in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic U.S.

In this week's Economic Development Digest:

  • Georgia has No. 1 biz climate, Atlanta Business Chronicle (November 4, 2013)
    Site Selection magazine ranks Georgia’s business climate the best.
  • Korean Hankook tire distributor chooses Liberty Corner, Global Atlanta (November 8, 2013)
    Hankook tires are to be distributed throughout the Southeast from Liberty County in Georgia. Hankook Tire American Corp., the U.S. subsidiary of Seoul, Korea-based Hankook Tire Co. Ltd., markets and distributes passenger tires, light truck tires, SUV tires and medium truck and bus tires through more than 10,000 retail locations in the U.S. and Canada. 600,000 tires will be kept at the facility, and they will be brought through the Port of Savannah. Tradeport East’s proximity to Interstate 95 was a critical factor in the company’s decision.
North Carolina
  • MetLife breaks ground on Cary technology hub, The News & Observer (November 1, 2013)
    New York based MetLife announced plans to move workers from more than 30 locations in the northeast to a campus in Cary and another one in Charlotte. The Cary site will be a hub for global technology and is anticipated to employ approximately 1200 people.
  • NC Commerce chief Decker says state attracting unemployed, The News & Observer (November 14, 2013)
    The administration of Governor Pat McCrory is taking several approaches to combating unemployment and create new jobs. North Carolina is creating a public-private partnership to take over efforts to market North Carolina to companies seeking to relocate or expand.
  • Economic developer describes Raleigh's appeal over other cities, The News & Observer (November 13, 2013)
    Raleigh competes for jobs with much larger cities such as Atlanta and Boston because of its young, college-educated workforce and amenities, the city’s economic development manager told a group of North Carolina mayors Wednesday.
South Carolina
  • Texas comptroller provides guidance on property tax incentives, (November 5, 2013)**
    The Texas comptroller of public accounts has published updated guidelines and frequently asked questions regarding the state's economic development program as amended by HB 3390 , which allows school districts to offer temporary limits on taxable values of new property.

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