FROM THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE OF SITE SELECTION 

MISSOURI

Talent, 'Boldness' Mark New State Agenda

Even without right-to-work, Missouri Governor Mike Parson and his cabinet leaders are out to refresh the state's economic development vision, one town and one project at a time.

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UPPER MIDWEST

Cementing a Legacy

Lehigh Hanson expands upon a century of work in Indiana, and two reports shed light on which Midwestern states are leading and lagging in manufacturing employment.

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 PROJECT WATCH 

CHILE

Google has announced the expansion of its Santiago, Chile data center. The expansion tripling the facility's footprint is said to be worth $140 million and will create 120 new jobs. The data center is expanding to meet the growing needs of its client base in South America. The facility will leverage solar power and support a huge increase in cloud computing needs.

Source: Conway Analytics

UNITED KINGDOM

Babylon Health has announced the establishment of its new headquarters in London. Babylon will hire 500 to 1,000 people to establish its healthcare artificial intelligence activities. The company focuses on developing digital health tools, including health assessment and triage.

Source: Conway Analytics

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 SITE SELECTION RECOMMENDS  

Known for its data tools for U.S. industry clusters, the Cluster Mapping effort begun by Prof. Michael Porter at Harvard Business School also extends to international cluster data, recently updated to include 2016 numbers.

 

 PHOTO OF THE DAY 

Site Selection Executive Vice President Ron Starner was able to arrange a meeting with this crash test dummy at the Center for Injury Biomechanics at Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) in Blacksburg last month. "He was pretty quiet," the intrepid journalist reports. Watch this space and the next issue of Site Selection for Starner's real reporting on his adventures in autonomous vehicles.