Bid a fond farewell to The Site Selection Dispatch and Oxford Intelligence’s Global Investor Watch, and say hello to Site Selection Investor Watch, our new business intelligence delivery system following the April acquisition of Oxford Intelligence by Site Selection parent firm Conway, Inc. We’re now reporting to a larger audience that’s even more global than before, and we’re doing so powered by an even more robust data and analytics platform. Have ideas and feedback? Contact Managing Editor Adam Bruns at adam.bruns@siteselection.com.

 INVESTOR WATCH EXCLUSIVE 

WILDLIGHT, FLORIDA

Wake-Up Call Delivered

Much like paper company St. Joe Co.’s redevelopment of its timberlands in northwest Florida, pulp and paper giant Rayonier pursues a new community in the state’s northeast that may mean rural Nassau County will be sleepy no more.

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 FROM THE MAY ISSUE OF SITE SELECTION 

FLORIDA

The Florida Less Traveled

Sometimes you have to get off the beaten path to find the hidden gems of the Sunshine State.

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ASIA

Powering the Digital Revolution in China

The world’s largest e-commerce market is set for a boom in hyperscale data centers, say the experts at Tractus Asia.

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 CONWAY ANALYTICS SNAPSHOT 

U.S. and DFW Host the Most

Synergy Research Group says there are nearly 400 so-called hyperscale data centers — defined as those with a minimum of 5,000 servers and 10,000 sq. ft. — in operation, with the most located in the countries displayed in the Statista graph below. Conway Analytics’ Conway Projects Database tallies a whole lot more: over 450 data centers — hyperscale or not — from all known companies over the past three years. The graph below shows where the most data center investments occurred by country, and by metro area. (For more insight into hyperscale data centers in China, read exclusive analysis from Tractus Asia in the May issue of Site Selection.)

Top Countries for Data Centers
March 2015 – March 2018
U.S.150
India43
Australia25
Ireland25
China23
UK22
Canada18
Top Metro Areas for Data Centers
March 2015 – March 2018
Dallas-Ft. Worth21
Singapore17
Dublin16
Washington, D.C.8
Montreal, Quebec, Canada7
Hyderabad, India7
Pune, India7
London, UK 7
Des Moines, Iowa7
Melbourne, Australia7

 

 PROJECTS 

US

Mazda Toyota Manufacturing USA announced that they will begin construction of a new $1.6-billion manufacturing plant in Huntsville, Alabama. When complete, the plant will employ 4,000 workers.  

Source: Conway Analytics

Europe

Thermo Fisher Scientific announced plans to build a $35-million pharma services facility in Rheinfelden, Germany. Construction of the new 8,000-sq.-m. (86,115-sq.-ft.) facility will begin in fall 2018 and is expected to be completed in 12-18 months. The new facility will increase Thermo’s European capacity for cold and ambient clinical trial materials.

Source: Conway Analytics

Asia

Costco Wholesale Australia announced a new 355,000-sq.-ft. (32,980-sq.-m.) distribution center in Sydney, Australia. The facility will support nine existing stores and a growing online business. Costco will also use the facility to export Australian products to other key markets in Asia.

Source: Conway Analytics

 

 

 PHOTO OF THE DAY 

In addition to white sand beaches and beautiful blue waters, the U.S. Virgin Islands offers a federal tax exemption of 90 percent for businesses.

 

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Photo: NCC Joakim Kröger

Site Selection Publisher and President Adam Jones-Kelley recommends a story from Curbed about the world’s first stretch of electric road. It charges your EV for you as you drive between Stockholm and Stockholm Arlanda Airport, which just happens to be the host site of the International conference on Electric Road Systems (ERS) in June.