FROM SITE SELECTION MAGAZINE JULY 2019
From the July Issue

OKLAHOMA

The Sooner the Better

Oklahoma Governor J. Kevin Stitt says all departments in his cabinet lead to the Commerce Department, “because everything is about growing our state.”

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INVESTMENT PROFILE: ST. TAMMANY PARISH, LOUISIANA

Where to THRIVE in More Ways Than One

As a new economic development vision is unveiled in St. Tammany Parish, the action is already well under way.

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 PROJECT WATCH 

USA

As it celebrates its 25th anniversary, Insomniac Games — creators of “Marvel’s Spider-Man” among other games — will add more than 11,000 sq. ft. to the company’s Burbank, California, headquarters. The video game company, which also operates a studio in Durham, North Carolina, is spending over $6 million on the expansion and enhancements to the current space. The project is intended to transform the company’s existing headquarters into a “vibrant, modern work environment.”

Source: Conway Analytics

UNITED KINGDOM

Durham, North Carolina, is also home to Sense Photonics, a maker of sensors and technologies for autonomous vehicles and industrial automation that has secured a grant worth more than $2 million from Scottish Enterprise, as well as additional funding from other sources. The increased capital will allow the company to expand its existing research presence in Edinburgh, Scotland. The existing small research base will be transformed into an “Advanced LiDAR Research and Development Centre,” resulting in 38 new jobs in Edinburgh.

Source: Conway Analytics

— Compiled by Olivia Vener, Consultant, Conway Advisory

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 SITE SELECTION RECOMMENDS 

Early this month, The New York Times published a story about Rivian Founder R.J. Scaringe and his plans to manufacture “the Tesla of trucks.” The story comes 28 months after our own Gary Daughters profiled the company’s plans to pursue something outside the norm in Normal, Illinois.

 

 PHOTO OF THE DAY 

Site Selection Editor in Chief Mark Arend last week made this photo of NASA’s Super Guppy, a massive cargo aircraft with a usable volume of 39,000 cubic feet that is used to transport outsize cargo components. Based at the El Paso International Airport in El Paso, Texas, the Super Guppy, originally manufactured by California-based Aero Spaceline Industries, has been transporting oversized cargo for NASA since 1965. In its lifetime, the aircraft has carried several unique items, including the NASA X-38, Saturn rockets, and Space Station modules. According to Space Center Houston, what is truly distinctive about the Guppy is that, while “the Guppy is not able to carry as much weight as a normal cargo airplane ... it can load its cargo easily.” Its front nose can be opened 110 degrees, “giving the aircraft an unobstructed loading area.” — Georgia Whitmer