Lynn Garthwaite of Bloomington has long thought it “brag-worthy” that our state had so many big companies based here. As of last count, Minnesota had 17 on Fortune’s ranking of 500 largest companies. And all but one is located in the Twin Cities, just the 16th largest metro area in the country. By including Medtronic Plc. of Fridley, formally registered in Ireland and thus not on Fortune’s famous ranking, we get to 18 big headquarters. While she had her own theories, Garthwaite wanted an informed answer on what “attracted” these companies to our region. She reached out to Curious Minnesota, our community-driven reporting series fueled by questions from readers. The answer, though, is that nothing attracted them. There’s generally not much movement in the Fortune 500, but if they do move, they sure don’t move here. Instead our region has more than its fair share of very big companies that got started here with next to nothing -- in a … [Read more...] about Why do so many Fortune 500 companies call Minnesota home?
PUBLISHED: 12:33 28 March 2019 | UPDATED: 12:43 28 March 2019 An artist's impression of how the regenerated St Mary's Works site could look. Pic: Our Place. Our Place Proposals for an £80m revamp of a former Norwich shoe factory and the surrounding area have been lodged, with developers saying it could create 500 jobs. An artist's impression of how the regenerated St Mary's Works site could look. Pic: Our Place.Detailed plans for The Shoe Quarter development on the St Mary’s Works site, off Duke Street, have been submitted to Norwich City Council.The city council’s planning committee granted outline permission to developers Our Place in January last year and the company, which specialises in urban regeneration, has now lodged detailed design proposals.The plans would see the area, including the former Sexton, Son and Everard shoe factory, transformed, with 152 new homes, a hotel, shops and office space.The developers say 500 jobs would be created through new … [Read more...] about Plans lodged for £80m Norwich shoe factory revamp, with promise of 500 jobs
PUBLISHED: 18:39 22 March 2019 | UPDATED: 18:39 22 March 2019 Steve Snelling Bomber ace: Len Trent sporting a moustache early in his flying career Archant It was a wartime escape immortalised by Hollywood. But for one Norfolk-based airman turned ‘great escaper’ misfortune turned out to be the most astonishing stroke of good fortune in a wartime career crammed with incident. Seventy-five years on from the most remarkable mass prisoner of war breakout of the Second World War, Steve Snelling charts a saga of survival that all but beggars belief In durance vile: Len Trent, seated centre, in Stalag Luft III where he served as a block commander in charge of security ahead of the Great EscapeThe agony of waiting was almost over for Len Trent. Nearly five hours had elapsed since a shower of grass-tufted soil and a sprinkling of snow had signalled the start of the most extraordinary escape operation of the Second World War.In that time more than 70 captured Allied airmen had … [Read more...] about Norfolk man Len Trent’s good fortune during The Great Escape
By Michelle Robertson, SFGATE Published 12:37 pm PST, Tuesday, March 5, 2019 San Francisco Mayor London Breed at the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory with co-owner Kevin Chan. San Francisco Mayor London Breed at the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory with co-owner Kevin Chan. Photo: Courtesy: Kevin Chan Photo: Courtesy: Kevin Chan Image 1 of / 13 Caption Close Image 1 of 13 San Francisco Mayor London Breed at the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory with co-owner Kevin Chan. San Francisco Mayor London Breed at the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory with co-owner Kevin Chan. Photo: Courtesy: Kevin Chan Amid rent increase, San Francisco's only fortune cookie factory faces uncertain future 1 / 13 … [Read more...] about Amid rent increase, San Francisco’s only fortune cookie factory faces uncertain future
By Mark Long Updated 4:13 pm PST, Saturday, February 16, 2019 DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The first break came with the massive blizzard that wreaked havoc on the East Coast, essentially locking television viewers in their homes. The Daytona 500, meanwhile, was to be broadcast live in its entirety for the first time, reaching markets that knew little, if anything, about stock car racing. The 3½-hour event finished in stunning fashion, another fortunate turn that featured a muddy, bloody brawl a few hundred yards from the finish line. It was NASCAR’s version of a perfect storm. And it changed the sport forever. “It was just a storybook day,” Hall of Fame driver Darrell Waltrip said. “It started off almost as a disaster, but it ended up like a big, old soap opera.” Thanks to a landmark television deal with CBS, a winter storm that stranded a large portion of the country and a spectacular ending involving several top drivers — … [Read more...] about Perfect Storm: The 500 and fight that changed NASCAR forever