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Fed forecasts a slightly faster increase in rates

...at a record-low level near zero since 2008 to try to boost economic growth. Most economists expect the first rate increase to...of 3 percent to 3.2 percent.The central bank updates its economic projections four times a year. The forecasts serve as guides...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-09-17/fed-forecasts-slightly-fas
Poverty rate drops for the first time since 2006

...millions have gained health insurance coverage," said Jason Furman and Betsey Stevenson, members of the White House Council of Economic Advisers. "At the same time, the data also offer a clear illustration of the large amount of work that remains to strengthen...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/government/2014-09-16/poverty-rate-drops-first
Red tide off northwest Florida could hit economy

...asthma and other respiratory ailments.In 2005, a strong red tide killed reefs, made beaches stinky and caused millions in economic damage. A weaker red tide in 2013 killed 276 manatees, state records show, after infecting the grasses eaten by the endangered...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/national/2014-09-17/red-tide-northwest-florida
Speculation swirls around Fed meeting, interest rates

...average of the previous 12 months. The slowdown was seen as likely temporary. But some analysts say it underscored that the economic outlook may remain too hazy for the Fed to signal an earlier-than-expected rate increase.The Fed was reminded last year...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-09-16/speculation-swirls-around-
US CEOs less optimistic about hiring, spending

...tax reform, these inversions would taper off very rapidly," Stephenson said during a conference call with reporters.Most economic data suggest the economy is growing, though only at a modest pace. Hiring slowed in August as employers added just 142...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-09-16/us-ceos-less-optimistic-ab
Hospitals | The Augusta Chronicle

...Aug 5, 2014 Saturday, Oct. 31, 2009 Hospitals Augusta's sizable medical community is among the region's largest economic growth sectors, including Georgia Regents Medical Center, Augusta's third-largest employer. The market's...

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Deke Copenhaver | The Augusta Chronicle

...election to a full term in November 2006 with 65 percent of the vote. In his 2006 campaign, Mr. Copenhaver focused heavily on economic development and creating more cohesiveness among commissioners. He said at the time that his victory showed he had broad-based...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/topics/people/deke-copenhaver
Income inequality complicates Georgia consumption tax

...earners. Not only does rising inequality appear to stunt overall economic growth, but S&P also links it to a slowdown in average yearly...putting more income in the hands of the wealthy puts a damper on economic growth.He said that some "of these individuals at higher...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2014-09-15/income-inequality-complicates
56 downtown Augusta businesses launch marketing campaign to lure patrons, curb reputation for crime

...under the radar of most city leaders in late August, just in time for the start of school.Augusta Mayor Deke Copen haver and Economic Development Director Walter Sprouse were unaware of the campaign, which will run until February, when downtown businesses...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/latest-news/2014-09-15/downtown-augusta-businesses-
New rules aim to reduce default rates in reverse mortgages amid signs program is rebounding

...advantage of flexible lending terms to draw large amounts of cash, later falling into financial trouble during the extended economic downturn.To cover projected losses of $70 billion over a 30-year period, FHA was forced last year to receive a $1...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-09-15/new-rules-aim-reduce-defau