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ONLINE INSIDER
From the September Issue

ESPORTS

No Translation Necessary

In the first installment of a three-part series on esports, Site Selection Managing Editor Adam Bruns dives into why skills developed in the metaverse may not need to leave it. This reporting is supported by the Higher Education Media Fellowship at the Institute for Citizens & Scholars. Watch for future installments on collegiate esports and esports business growth, as well as stories later this fall on technical skills certifications and programs promulgated by Big Tech, and corporate initiatives to better engage a neurodiverse workforce

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FROM SITE SELECTION MAGAZINE, SEPTEMBER 2021 ISSUE
From the September Issue

LOGISTICS

E-COMMERCE RULES

Ports and central hubs top our list of hottest logistics locations, as China gears up for the next wave.

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From the September Issue

IINVESTMENT PROFILE: ABILENE, TEXAS

What Comes NEXT

Cutting-edge research coming out of Abilene, Texas, is poised to change the world for the better.

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 CONWAY ANALYTICS SNAPSHOT 
Overall Skills Proficiency by Industry, 2021
Source: Coursera

Coursera this week released its Industry Skills Report 2021. Building on the global online education giant’s Global Skills Index 2020, the report analyzes the proficiency of Coursera learners across 10 industries in a set of 26 skills in the business, technology and data science domains. “Each industry we tracked reported an acceleration in the need for technology skills to account for — at minimum — the lack of physical interaction induced by the pandemic,” the 77-page report states. “These are changes that appear unlikely to recede as the pandemic does; rather, companies will continue to move forward with digitalization at an accelerated pace.”

Drawing on its universe of more than 82 million learners on the Coursera platform and over 2,000 global businesses, Coursera find the industries with the highest skills proficiencies are manufacturing, financial services, and automotive. As for specific skills, the table below lists the top 10 trending skills by domain. Read more about how Coursera worked with the country of Costa Rica by providing 50,000 grants to citizens last year, and how Coursera helped Google expand its own Google Career Certificate program last year. — Adam Bruns

Overall Skills Proficiency by Industry, 2021
Source: Coursera

 

 MORE MISSOURI GUIDE 2021 

Q&A

The Key to More Partnerships

Five Questions with Missouri Partnership CEO Subash Alias

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From the September Issue

LOGISTICS & DISTRIBUTION

North America’s Logistics Hub

Missouri continues to offer an ideal logistics and distribution position for e-commerce.

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 PROJECT WATCH 

Australia

Covalent Lithium announced September 1 that it has entered into a long-term lease for a 40-hectare (nearly 100-acre) site in the Kwinana Strategic Industrial Area (SIA) in Western Australia where it will commence construction of a lithium refinery. A JV between subsidiaries of Wesfarmers and Chilean company SQM, the Covalent Lithium refinery is part of the integrated Mount Holland Lithium project, said a release from the Government of Western Australia. The project is expected to create 1,000 construction jobs and 350 operations jobs, and will have the capacity to support the production of batteries for up to 1 million electric vehicles each year. Located about 10 miles south of Fremantle Port, the Kwinana SIA is a center for chemical and resource-based processing industries. Th project is one of three lithium refineries under construction in Western Australia. Led by the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation and delivered by DevelopmentWA's Industrial Lands Authority, the region’s 13 SIAs are located close to major resources projects and key infrastructure, and are designed for downstream processing and other industrial activities.

Source: Conway Analytics

Florida

We’ve all heard of HQ2. But HQ3? HR technology company Checkr last week announced it would open its “third headquarters” in Orlando, creating more than 600 new jobs in the next three years. The company, which leverages AI to make background checks faster, easier, and more compliant, will invest $2.7 million in the region. Its other HQs are in San Francisco and Denver. “The Orlando Economic Partnership helped Checkr understand not only the region’s compelling business case but also the business community’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, which aligned with the company’s mission of building a fairer future for job candidates,” said a Checkr news release. “The City of Orlando made a more competitive business case for Orlando versus San Antonio and Albuquerque, supporting the company with its STRIVE job creation incentive program,” a a performance-based incentive that promotes job creation and growth in areas facing barriers to economic prosperity.

Source: Conway Analytics

 

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Site of the Week
From the January Issue

Camp Hall is a Next-Generation Commerce Park

Set in the bustling Southeast, only minutes from Charleston, SC, Camp Hall was designed for both thriving commerce and sustainability. Recently ranked #7 in Industrial Parks in the Nation, Camp Hall can provide your business:

  • Global access via a connected interstate rail system, nearby airports, and The Port of Charleston, the deepest port on the eastern seaboard.
  • A rapidly growing, diverse workforce of over 500,000 in the Charleston market.
  • A range of 13- to 600-acre, build-ready tracts with permits and infrastructure in place.

With over $200 million in construction already taking place at Camp Hall you can still stake a claim in this first-of-its-kind industrial workspace. Schedule a site visit today at camphall.com or call us at 843.761.4070.

 

 SITE SELECTION RECOMMENDS 

Looking to pay somebody big bucks to scope out the investment climates of various nations? Before you do, take a look at the U.S. Department of State’s Investment Climate Statements, which provide detailed information on the business climates of more than 170 countries and economies. They are prepared by economic officers stationed in embassies and posts around the world and analyze a variety of economies that are or could be markets for U.S. businesses of all sizes. Complementing that business intelligence are the 140 or so Country Commercial Guides assembled by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Global Markets/U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service (GM/US&FCS) and State’s Partner Post Program. Topics include: a market overview; leading sectors for U.S. exports; customs, regulations and standards; techniques for selling U.S. products and services; and business travel. As the government itself puts it, “the Country Commercial Guides provide the foundation for a U.S. company’s research in preparing international business plans or responding to overseas market opportunities.”

 

 PHOTO OF THE DAY 
Photo by Shoayb Khattab courtesy of v2com

The portfolio of images by Shoayb Khattab for the House of Wisdom project in Sharjah, UAE, was selected as Jury winner of an Architizer+ 2021 award in the Photography + Video Category, in addition to being shortlisted for other awards including the Loop Design Award 2021. Inspired by the original House of Wisdom in Baghdad, the 12,000-sq.-m. (129,170-sq.-ft.) House of Wisdom in Dubai is “the modern-day interpretation of a knowledge hub where all can come seeking enrichment,” designed so that “every room, every space, and every angle has been purposefully designed like rhythmic verses of an eloquent poem,” says a release from Shoayb Khattab Photography. The facility, opened in December 2020 by His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Muhammed Al Qasimi, ruler of Sharjah, is a model for future libraries that blend traditional and digital sources of knowledge, interactive learning and contemporary schooling, and aims to be the location for conferences and events as well as educational courses and sessions for all ages.

 
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