From the March Issue


Voices Carry

Glean exclusive insights into the First State's business climate from our conversations with the governor, the CEOs of a global port operator and a global defense and space exploration manufacturer, a leading construction executive and a respected university president.

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Strength in Diversity

Manufacturing, logistics and internet technology propel central Ohio's Licking County.

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Danish banking group Nykredit has announced it will build a new headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark. The new 300,000-sq.-ft. facility will accommodate 1,650 employees who are currently spread across three locations. Nykredit is one of Denmark’s largest financial services firms.

Source: Conway Analytics


The Swiss firm Firmenich has opened its largest flavor manufacturing plant in Zhangjiagang, China. The new $75-million, 645,000-sq.-ft. plant is digitally automated with a sustainability focus that includes zero waste-to-landfill. The new plant will serve growing demands from China, which is Firmenich’s second largest market. Firmenich was founded in Geneva, Switzerland, and focuses on flavor and fragrance solutions for customers worldwide.

Source: Conway Analytics

Kenny Chesney put his boat to use saving his guitars and helping neighbors back in 2010 in Nashville. Musicians are helping out in the Midwest too, with Justin Timberlake pledging personal funds as well as part of ticket proceeds from a show in Omaha over the weekend.
Archive photo courtesy of Nashville Area Chamber and Kenny Chesney

Catastrophic flooding has ravaged wide swaths of Nebraska and Iowa. On Thursday, Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts unveiled a new website to help people connect with opportunities to request and provide relief. “Nebraska’s response to the flooding has been incredible as neighbors have been stepping up to help one another,” said Governor Ricketts.  “We are working to bring new resources online on a daily basis as we start the long road to recovery. Together, we will rebuild and keep our communities strong and growing.”

A similar dynamic is at work in Iowa, where Governor Kim Reynolds on Saturday was notified that President Trump had granted her request for an expedited Presidential Major Disaster Declaration for 56 counties, making assistance available to homeowners, renters, businesses, public entities and select nonprofit organizations. Guidance can be found at Among the major providers of federal assistance is the economic injury loan program at the U.S. Small Business Administration, which was put to heavy use nine years ago when Nashville suffered major flooding losses.



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For a taste of old-world South America, the Old Town walled city in Cartagena, Colombia, has few rivals. Conway staff photographer Carmyn Suzor found these ladies there last month. Cartagena was established as a Spanish port in 1533.