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

MID-ATLANTIC

Steel is Back in Baltimore

A massive monopile plant is to feed the offshore wind industry.

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From the September Issue

MASSACHUSETTS

The Amazon Bandwagon Rolls Through Massachusetts

The e-commerce giant is in the midst of a big buildout across the eastern half of Massachusetts that will more than double its workforce.

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 PROJECT WATCH 

Qatar

Scotland-based Sparrows Group, the engineering and maintenance services specialist for the international energy and industrial sectors, on September 21 announced global expansion to six new, purpose-built facilities in Abu Dhabi; Kazakhstan; Doha, Qatar; Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia; Perth, Australia; and Lake Charles, Louisiana. The projects will create 200 new jobs overall in a company that employs 2,500 globally. The new 5,000-sq.-m. (53,820-sq.-ft.) facility in Doha will provide space for the maintenance and refurbishment of large components, including drilling equipment. Sparrows expects employment at the facility to increase by ~15% by the end of 2021. “We see enormous potential in these locations to provide services to the energy and industrial sectors,” said Stewart Mitchell, CEO at Sparrows, noting an uptick in training needs as the company continues to recruit across the Middle East. “We intend to continue to invest in both people and equipment to accelerate our growth.”

Source: Conway Analytics

New Jersey

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy on September 21 announced approval of the first award under the Emerge Program, New Jersey’s new job creation incentive program created under the New Jersey Economic Recovery Act of 2020, for a planned headquarters consolidation by Party City that will bring 357 new jobs to a site in Woodcliff Lake and retain 338 full-time jobs currently at risk of leaving New Jersey. The largest party goods retailer in North America is planning to consolidate its Rockaway, New Jersey, and Elmsford, New York, sites into one national HQ, where it will invest more than $32 million to lease a 208,911-sq.-ft. office building. Party City will receive a tax credit award of $9,996,000 over seven years. According to the governor’s office, the Emerge Program incorporates reforms that “address the shortfalls of New Jersey’s previous tax incentive programs,” including environmental and worker protections, and increased minimum net economic benefit requirements. More information about the Emerge Program’s suite of incentive and support is available at www.njeda.com/emerge.

Source: Conway Analytics

 

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ILLINOIS INVESTMENT GUIDE 2021/22
From the January Issue

TECH ECOSYSTEM

Illinois Tech Ecosystem

A high ranking for venture capital and Chicago’s concentration of engineering and STEM talent create an attractive setting for tech firms.

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From the January Issue

DATA CENTERS

Illinois Is Data Central

A new program from the state encourages a slew of new data center investments.

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From the January Issue

SPORTS

Dancing with Greatness

Illinois sports legends stand the test of time.

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 SITE SELECTION RECOMMENDS 

The American Transportation Research Institute has released research that suggests utilities are well equipped to begin collection of a per-kWh charge of 2.1 cents for transportation-related electricity consumption by EVs in the coming years. Using a phased approach, utilities would identify, measure and tax electricity that is used for transportation – starting first with electricity that is dispersed through public charging stations and residential smart chargers. “This analysis demonstrates how an electricity tax can easily emulate all the key components of a fuel tax. Moving forward with an efficient utility-based approach will help EV owners support the infrastructure that they use every day,” said Paul Enos, CEO of the Nevada Trucking Association. For access to the full report visit ATRI’s website at TruckingResearch.org.

Meanwhile, governors from Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota and Wisconsin signed the Regional Electric Vehicle of the Midwest MOU to collectively work to accelerate electrification throughout the region. An estimated 105,000 new jobs in the utility sector are anticipated to be needed to deploy EV charging infrastructure by 2030. The states will work together with industry to understand future workforce needs and support workforce training programs to build the transportation system of the future.

 

 PHOTO OF THE DAY 

Ashleigh Porter, digital marketing coordinator at Ballet West in Salt Lake City and daughter of Conway Data CFO Debbie Porter, made this photograph in Bryce Canyon National Park while off-roading with her family in Kanab, Utah, over the past few days. “There is so much natural beauty to enjoy in the U.S.,” Debbie says. Situated along a high plateau at the top of the Grand Staircase, Bryce Canyon is home to the largest concentration of hoodoos (irregular columns of rock) on the planet.

 
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