Category Archives: Gulf Coast Regional & National Economy

William Bruce discusses trends and the economic issues affecting the Gulf Coast and beyond.

Carnival Cruise Lines Returns to Mobile, Alabama. A Word of Caution is in Order.

Carnival Cruise Lines is returning to Mobile, Alabama today. We’re excited about the return of a cruise ship to the historic and beautiful Azalea City, home of America’s first Mardi Gras celebration. But in the midst of this enthusiasm, a word of caution is in order. Continue reading

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Banks Rated Strongest to Weakest in Mobile and Baldwin Counties, Alabama

Banks are often placed on a pedestal in the public mind, but they are like any other category of business in that some are stronger and better managed than others. Following are Mobile and Baldwin County, Alabama banks rated strongest to weakest. Continue reading

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Banks Ranked Strongest to Weakest in Mobile and Baldwin Counties, Alabama

Information suggests that banks operating in Mobile and Baldwin Counties are improving in financial strength. Of the 28 banks ranked here, seven improved since our last report. Only one bank in the two counties lost ground. Continue reading

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Ranking of states by dollar amount of incentives used to recruit industry.

It’s ironic that New York, with one of the greatest net outflows of industry, is tops by a mile among incentives granted to companies to locate within the state. Here’s the list of states ranked by dollar amount of incentives used to recruit industry. Continue reading

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Optimism Among Small Business Owners at 5 Year High

A recent survey shows that small business owners are more optimistic than any time since the Great Recession. Here are the reasons. Continue reading

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States Ranked by Fiscal Health

Using four indices, the author creates an overall State Fiscal Condition Index. Using the overall index, Dr. Arnett lists the top 10 fiscally healthy states and the 10 worst states. Continue reading

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American Cities Ranked Best to Worst in Economic Vitality

The latest index ranks America’s largest 102 metropolitan areas for overall economic vitality and contains some interesting information. For September, the top twenty ranked metro areas in economic vitality were … Continue reading

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