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Tennessee fast tracks data on economic development grants …

Tennessee fast tracks data on economic development grants …

The state of Tennessee has taken a small step toward more transparency on the incentives it offers businesses to locate or expand in the state.

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Economic development trumps transparency in Tennessee

Economic development trumps transparency in Tennessee

Tennessee lawmakers recently shot down efforts to make more information about economic development deals public, fearing too much transparency could make the state less competitive.

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$1 million in Virginia public funding sponsored "Lost Cause" film in 2013

$1 million in Virginia public funding sponsored “Lost Cause” film in 2013

Before Virginia Military Institute cadets were photographed in blackface in yearbooks, they fought to preserve slavery during the Civil War in the Battle of New Market. The 2015 film Field of Lost Shoes - produced with $1 million in Virginia public funds - chronicles that battle.

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A dive into Washington D.C.’s #AmazonHQ2 proposal

A dive into Washington D.C.’s #AmazonHQ2 proposal

Washington D.C. has a lot of the leading qualities Amazon wants in its HQ2 - a large and diverse population, a central location, a tech concentration. But what sets it - and its proposal - apart from other finalists?

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Lucy Parsons Labs sues Chicago over refusal to release #AmazonHQ2 proposal

Lucy Parsons Labs sues Chicago over refusal to release #AmazonHQ2 proposal

Digital rights and transparency advocacy group Lucy Parsons Labs filed suit last week against the city of Chicago, stating that the Mayor’s Office refusal to release documents regarding the city’s bid for Amazon’s second headquarters constituted a “willful violation of the Illinois Freedom of Information Act.”

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