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TVA Economic Development Efforts Spur $5.9 Billion in Investments in FY 2012
Tennessee Valley Authority economic development programs ― including technical services, research and financial assistance ― helped stimulate $5.9 billion in business investments in the TVA service area in fiscal year 2012.
John Bradley, TVA senior vice president of Economic Development, said TVA’s efforts also helped attract or retain 48,000 jobs, bringing TVA’s economic development contributions to more than 300,000 new or retained jobs and $32 billion in business investment since 2005.
“Creating jobs, helping local communities, and improving quality of life in the Tennessee Valley is what TVA Economic Development is all about. We thank our many partners ― local power companies, industry, state and local officials, and others ― for helping make these programs so successful,” Bradley said.
In 2012, TVA’s economic development activities helped recruit or expand more than 150 companies and contributed to the following job totals and business investments for the TVA service area:
• Alabama : 7,800 jobs and $1.2 billion
• Kentucky: 4,800 jobs and $957 million
• Middle Tennessee: 11,700 jobs and $1.2 billion
• Mississippi: 5,100 jobs and $504 million
• Northeast Tennessee and Virginia: 6,300 jobs and $506 million
• Southeast Tennessee, Georgia and North Carolina: 4,450 jobs and $412 million
• West Tennessee: 8,400 jobs and $1.0 billion
TVA in 2012 won a Gold Award for its Megasites Program from the International Economic Development Council for excellence in economic development. Bill Adams, TVA Target Market specialist, conceived the idea of creating a “catalog of certified sites.” The program, which teams TVA with local partners to market large industrial tracts to manufacturers, remains one of TVA’s most successful economic development efforts. Megasite tenants include Volkswagen, which opened a $1 billion Passat factory on a Megasite in Chattanooga in May 2011; and Toyota, which in 2007 selected a Megasite near Tupelo, Miss., for a plant to build Corollas. TVA’s two remaining megasites are near Hopkinsville, Ky., and Stanton, Tenn. For more information, on TVA’s Megasites program, visit http://www.TVAed.com/megasites.htm.
In September, TVA was named for the seventh straight year to Site Selection magazine’s list of the top 10 utilities in North America for economic development. The Site Selection rankings are based on a number of factors, including project activity, input from corporate end users and site consultants, website tools and data, and innovative programs and incentives for business.
Four new locations in the Valley region were identified in fiscal year 2012 for potential development under TVA’s program to attract data centers. The new locations are in Warren County, Tenn. (2 sites), Hopkinsville, Ky., and Cookeville, Tenn., raising the total number of potential data center sites identified in the program to 22. For more information see www.TVAed.com/datacenters/.
TVA Economic Development staff and leadership also were honored in 2012. Bradley was named by Southern Business and Development magazine as one of the Top 10 economic developers in the South; TVA Business recruitment specialist Tim Tidwell was a co-recipient of the first Excellence in Economic Development Award from the Site Selectors Guild. TVA staff conducted dozens of Community Development workshops in 2012 to help communities identify economic opportunities and be more competitive. TVA staff also provided help with financial assistance through programs such as the Valley Investment Initiative, technical services, economic research, proposal writing, training and other services.
In addition, the Rural Development Strategy focuses on supporting economic development efforts in rural and economically distressed areas. The Retail Development assistance program also helps foster business growth for commercial businesses.
Business investments and expansions from companies participating in TVA Economic Development programs in 2012 include $53.7 million and 800 jobs by Magneti Marelli’s new automotive lighting production operation in Pulaski, Tenn.; $500 million and 200 jobs from Carpenter Technology Corporation to build a premium metals plant near Athens, Ala., in Limestone County; $8 million and 500 jobs from Agero, a global driver assistance services firm, in Clarksville, Tenn.; $9.5 million and 207 jobs by Propulsys, a global manufacturer of hydraulic drive products, in Hopkinsville, Ky.; $130 million and 150 jobs from Roxul, Inc., a leader manufacturer of stone wool insulation products in Byhalia, Miss.; and $15 million and 150 jobs at Mann Hummel an original equipment supplier to the international automotive and mechanical engineering industries, in Dunlap, Tenn.
For additional information about TVA’s economic development programs, please see the recently redesigned website, www.TVAed.com.
The Tennessee Valley Authority, a corporation owned by the U.S. government, provides electricity for business customers and distribution utilities that serve 9 million people in parts of seven southeastern states at prices below the national average. TVA, which receives no taxpayer money and makes no profits, also provides flood control, navigation and land management for the Tennessee River system and assists utilities and state and local governments with economic development.
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. sales of new homes were essentially flat in September, after the government sharply revised downward what was initially an August surge in buying.
The Commerce Department says new-home sales edged up 0.2 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 467,000. The report also revised down the August sales rate to 466,000 from 504,000.
The pace of sales for newly built homes has improved a mere 1.7 percent so far this year compared to 2013. Only the South has experienced gains in buying year-to-date.
Housing has struggled to fully rebound since the recession ended more than five years ago. Many potential buyers lack the savings and strong credit history needed to afford a home, causing them to rent or remain in their existing houses instead of upgrading.
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The company closed its Dearborn truck plant for five weeks during the quarter and cut back on truck sales in order to preserve inventories while it readies the new aluminum-sided truck. That hurt pretax profits in North America, which fell 39 percent to $1.4 billion.
Ford earned 21 cents per share, down from 31 cents in the July-September period a year ago. Without one-time items, including separation costs in Europe, Ford earned 24 cents. That beat Wall Street's expectation of 19 cents, according to analysts polled by FactSet.
Revenue fell 2.5 percent to $34.9 billion, better than the forecast of $33.7 billion.
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United Parcel Service Inc. also maintained its guidance Friday for 2014 adjusted earnings between $4.90 and $5 per share. Analysts polled by FactSet predict $4.95 per share.
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P&G, which acquired Duracell in 2005, announced earlier this year that it would shed more than half its brands around the globe over the next year or two.
If a split off occurs, P&G said that its shareholders would have the option of exchanging some, none or all of their P&G shares for shares of the newly formed Duracell company.
The Procter & Gamble Co., based in Cincinnati, said Friday that it is also considering a spinoff, sale or other options for Duracell.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Chiquita shareholders have rejected plans to merge with Irish fruit importer Fyffes that would have made the world's largest banana supplier.
Chiquita Brands International Inc. said Friday that the shareholders didn't approve a revised transaction agreement between the two companies during a special shareholders meeting.
Chiquita said it now expects to enter talks with investment firm Safra Group and juice company Cutrale Group on their competing offer of $14.50 per share. Chiquita previously rejected buyout bids from the two Brazilian companies.
CHILD SEAT RECALL
DETROIT (AP) -- Evenflo is recalling more than 202,000 rear-facing infant seats because the buckles can become difficult to unlatch.
The recall affects Embrace 35/9999 models with an AmSafe QT1 buckle. Documents posted by U.S. safety regulators say that if the buckles don't release easily, it may be difficult to get a child out of the seat in an emergency.
The affected seats were made at various times from December 2011 through May of 2013.
Not all Embrace 35 models are covered by the recall. For others, the company will provide replacement buckles if requested by customers.
The recall comes after an investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Owners with questions can call Evenflo at (800) 490-7591.
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A federal grand jury returned the indictment Thursday against Bill Aossey Jr., who founded the Midamar Corp. in 1974. The Cedar Rapids company grew into the leading U.S. halal brand, selling more than 200 products in the U.S. and abroad.
A 19-count indictment charges Aossey with directing employees to change labels and fabricate documents to make beef products appear that they originated from a slaughterhouse that met Malaysia and Indonesia's strict requirements. Halal meat is supposed to be killed in ritual slaughter.
Aossey's attorney called the indictment unfair Friday, saying the allegations were "a minor regulatory violation" at most.
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The average amount that class-action members of the suit will receive is $505, although the main plaintiffs will receive more. The number of class members is capped at 8,975.
The interns had been seeking recovery of unpaid wages, attorneys' fees, interest and liquidated damages. The settlement still has to be approved by a judge. The lawsuit was filed in federal court in New York.
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The Office for National Statistics said gross domestic product grew 0.7 percent in the three months through September compared with the previous three months. That is down slightly from a 0.9 percent quarterly rate in the April-June period but remains among the strongest growth rates among developed economies.
Compared with a year earlier, the economy was 3.0 percent larger.
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