FROM THE MAY ISSUE OF SITE SELECTION 

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Pork Facility Is At the Crux of National Policy Debates

One of the biggest pork processing facilities in the country is all systems go, even as its leaders navigate the challenges of potential tariffs, immigration and workforce development.

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INVESTMENT PROFILE: ILLINOIS BICENTENNIAL

Illinois Turns 200

As part of the bicentennial celebration underway this year in the nation's 21st state, we take a look at seven companies with a major presence in the Land of Lincoln.

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 WORLD'S MOST COMPETITIVE CITIES 

As the final results are tallied and the analysis performed for the 2018 World's Most Competitive Cities report, a look back at the 2017 edition's Food & Beverage rankings shows how the usual land development formula can be turned on its ear. "Whereas we're used to seeing farmland assembled and sold for industrial development," we wrote last year, factors such as food safety, non-GMO rules, logistics and the locavore movement mean more food processing is taking place close to productive farmland itself, in areas from Vietnam to Ecuador to yes, Sioux City, Iowa.

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and Jakarta, Indonesia led the way among Asia Pacific cities in the Food & Beverage category last year.

 

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 PHOTO OF THE DAY 

Conway, Inc. President Adam Jones-Kelley recently took this photo of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel in Singapore, referred to by some as a spaceship with a pool.

 

 PROJECT WATCH 

Canada

Stemcell Technologies, Canada's largest biotechnology firm, has announced a CA$93-million investment to build an advanced manufacturing facility over five years in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada. The investment in partnership with the Government of Canada will create 700 jobs.  

Source: Conway Analytics

China

Immergas, an Italian HVAC manufacturer, has announced a new manufacturing plant in Changzhou, China. The first phase of the project is expected to bring a $6-million investment to build a 54,000-sq.-ft. facility to produce 100,000 boilers annually.

Source: Conway Analytics

 

 SITE SELECTION RECOMMENDS  
Startling maps showing startup connectivity created by Victor Mulas and associates at the World Bank give new meaning to the idea of business clusters as living, breathing things.
Image courtesy of World Bank

As we prepare analysis of the globe's leading regional startup ecosystems for the July issue of Site Selection, researchers at the World Bank have released a report mapping the tech startup scene in the West Bank and Gaza.