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Volume 12, Number 3
Third Quarter 2010
Oil Spill Seeps Into Many Coastal Concerns

Oil Spill Seeps Into Many Coastal Concerns
The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico dealt the tourism industry on the Gulf a severe blow during the summer. Still assessing the spill's economic and psychological impact, local residents, businesses, and governments are sifting through the wreckage of a lost summer vacation season and looking for better days ahead.
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Alabama's Gulf Coast Cleans Up

Alabama's Gulf Coast Cleans Up
The Alabama communities along the Gulf Coast have developed numerous thriving industries: energy production, tourism, seafood harvesting, and sport fishing, to name a few. How these industries and the people employed in them rebound from the oil spill is now a regional challenge.
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King Cotton Still Part of Southeast's Fabric

King Cotton Still Part of Southeast's Fabric
For hundreds of years, cotton has been a mainstay of the southeastern economy. Increasing worldwide demand and technological advances have combined to weave a global tapestry of continuing profits for regional producers.
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Full Steam Ahead: Southeast Ports Prepare for Panama Canal Expansion

Full Steam Ahead: Southeast Ports Prepare for Panama Canal Expansion
Ports have helped power the southeastern economy and thrust the region into a prominent role in world trade. But the imminent expansion of the Panama Canal has the region's ports poised to capture an even larger piece of the global pie.
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In EconSouth Now, Kris Gerardi, an economist in the Atlanta Fed's research department and Fed@Issue contributor for the third quarter issue of EconSouth, discusses the connection between financial literacy and the likelihood of buying a house using a subprime mortgage.
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