News From around Flyover Country

A daily compilation of the latest economic and business developments from across the region.

Trump’s Win Has Ad Agencies Rethink How They Collect Data, Recruit Staff.

Agencies confront the possibility that "too much advertising falsely assumes that all U.S. consumers desire to be like coastal elites."

Carhartt, the Michigan-based maker of rugged occupational clothing, long has honored the skilled-trades workers who wear a lot of the brand's apparel on the job. For Labor Day, the company paid a special tribute.

It produced a new online video ad, "Every Day is Labor Da...

September 1, 2020

Plano, Texas-based J.C. Penney doesn't yet have a deal with outsiders negotiating to buy the 118-year-old retailer, but its lender group is preparing its own bid to allow the chain to move ahead on its own. Read more.

August 31, 2020

O.J. Simpson's "chase" is only part of the storied history of Ford Bronco. With production of a new version now underway in Michigan, the company decided to produce a podcast series to celebrate its legacy. Read more.

August 27, 2020

This is how the recovery was supposed to work: After PPP loans helped builders maintain payrolls, lockdowns eased, and consumers in Dallas have been taking advantage of low interest rates to jack up new-home sales.

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In the wake of the city's loss of the Democratic Convention, late-night comic Stephen Colbert insulted Milwaukee with a "virtual tour" including "historical sites" such as "an abandoned factory" and "an abandoned mall." Read more.

August 26, 2020

As Laura bears down on the Texas-Louisiana coast with the biggest threat to the oil industry since Katrina in 2005, energy companies are closing and evacuating facilities and hunkering down -- hoping for a near-miss. Read more.

August 25, 2020

Fighting more than two years of losses, Chicago-based Century Aluminum succeeded in getting the Trump administration to reinstate tariffs on Canadian aluminum, despite rivals' wariness of the move. Read more.

August 25, 2020

Thanks to robust online sales of TVs, computers and even refrigerators during the pandemic, Minneapolis-based Best Buy joined other big-box heartland-based retailers with strong quarterly results. Read more.

August 24, 2020

The capital of Texas markets cool, as in SXSW, hundreds of restaurants in a cutting-edge food scene -- and a live-music haven that birthed the careers of Willie Nelson and many others. Post-Covid-19, that's all endangered. Read more.

August 21, 2020

San Francisco-based entrepreneur Josh Tetrick is pondering an IPO for Eat Just, his startup that has fielded products based on artificial eggs and also seeks leadership in the burgeoning field of "cultured meat". Read more.

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The States That College Graduates Are Most Likely to Leave.

Keeping our college garduates is a challenge for many states in Flyover Country, as the New York Times reports.

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