June 25 – Nearly half of consumers—42 percent—received their newest piece of plastic through a pre-approved credit card offer, according to Cardbeat, a syndicated market research report by Auriemma Consulting Group (ACG). Americans are familiar with direct mail solicitations and usually have several to choose from when they decide to apply for a new credit line.
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The Kansas land rush began at the turn of the century — the 21st century, that is. Marquette, located in the southeastern part of the state, grabbed the headlines four years ago by offering free building lots for families looking for a “friendly, small town atmosphere” where life is “relaxed, safe and fun.” In nearby Ellsworth, the “Welcome Home Plan” also includes free lots, while Minneapolis, north of Salina, offers free lots nearly a half acre in size. And Atwood, near the Colorado border, offers free lots for new homes and new businesses. Atwood’s website sums up the message of many rural communities: “Where else can you enjoy a cup of coffee at the local café, and everyone there is your friend?!!!!!”