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

AEROSPACE & DEFENSE

Maybe Everyone Wins?

A longtime employer’s defection opens opportunities on both ends of the move in Greater Toronto.

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From the September Issue

SPECIAL REPORT

The Greater Phoenix Intelligence Report

Read exclusive insights from Taiwan Semiconductor and others about tens of billions of dollars in investments; Greater Phoenix Economic Council President and CEO Chris Camacho on what it takes to be an award-winning economic development group; Salt River Project on water; entrepreneurs and executives on the region’s emerging startup ecosystem; Wexford’s Tom Osha and David Krietor of the Phoenix Biomedical Campus on downtown’s life sciences momentum; developers on their huge master plans; and Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego on “a transformative moment in the history of our community.”

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From the May Issue

INVESTMENT PROFILE: U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS

A Blueprint for Prosperity Beyond Tourism

An exploration of the Virgin Islands Economic Development Authority’s Vision 2040 reveals how the USVI is targeting such sectors as agribusiness, renewable energy, health sciences, light manufacturing and professional services with new incentives and resources.

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 CONWAY ANALYTICS SNAPSHOT 
Map courtesy of U.S. Census Bureau

It's official. The mean center of the counted U.S. population has moved only 11.8 miles in 10 years and now resides in Hartville, Missouri (pop. 594) in Wright County (or rather, 14.6 miles to the northeast of Hartville, the closest known community tracked by the Census Bureau). Hartville, in south-central Missouri east of Springfield, is known for an 1863 Civil War battle and natural features such as the Gasconade River, among other things. The Census Bureau has tracked the center of the population according to every decennial census since 1790, when the center was 885.9 miles further east, just outside of Baltimore. The movement of that center roughly followed the path of the Ohio River for about 120 years up to 1970, when it crossed the Mississippi and started veering southwest.

I took a look at all corporate projects that have occurred in the counties of all 24 of those historical centers since we started keeping track ourselves in 1990. A grand total of 250 projects have landed in 15 of those centers (with nine counties tallying zero). The overall leader by a longshot is Boone County in northern Kentucky, part of the Cincinnati region: The mean center of the 1880 U.S. population has tallied 105 projects. Next comes Loudoun County, Virginia — the mean population’s center in 1810 — with 53 projects. No. 3 is the nation’s mean population center in 1800, Howard County, Maryland (Columbia, Annapolis), where 20 projects have landed, followed by our center in the year 1900, Bartholomew County, Indiana (Columbus) with 19 projects. Five of the top 10 projects by investment value are data centers, with four of them in the data center capital Loudoun County. The largest by job creation? Amazon Air’s hub in Boone County at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. — Adam Bruns

 

 EVENTS 

 

 CHOOSE WASHINGTON 2021-2022

CLEAN TECHNOLOGY

Pioneers From The Beginning

Clean tech and renewables are among the reasons Washington was No. 6 in Site Selection’s 2021 Sustainability Rankings.

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From the September Issue

WORKFORCE

Best State for Workers

Here’s How Washington Does It

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 PROJECT WATCH 

British Columbia

As reported by multiple sources, Electronic Arts Canada is expanding beyond its HQ in Burnaby by moving into the 112,000-sq.-ft. former headquarters of Mountain Equipment Coop (MEC) in Vancouver proper. MEC sold the C$28 million, LEEDn-Platinum HQ to developers earlier this year for $103 million. “We're excited to have this great new footprint, with amazing amenities for our team, to add to our flagship Burnaby studio as we continue to invest in our teams and leadership in the market," Jon Lutz, EA Vancouver’s vice-president of strategy, operations and finance, said in a statement in July to VancouverIsAwesome.com. “The support to health and wellness that are present at the new location not only helps EA attract and retain great talent, but it provides staff with an environment in which they can do their best work.” The location in the False Creek Flats area is near other tech firms as well as the Centre for Digital Media and Vancouver Community College.

Source: Conway Analytics

Wisconsin

Wixon, Inc., a manufacturer of custom taste solutions for food, beverage and nutrition companies, is expanding its facilities in St. Francis, located just south of downtown Milwaukee along the lakeshore, with the support of up to $200,000 in state income tax credits over the next three years from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC). “With projected compound annual growth of 45% on top of over 50% growth last year, it was clear that we would need more room for success,” said Peter Gottsacker, president of Wixon and Gott Pet Products, which also needed the extra capacity. Project plans include purchasing a facility in the airport industrial park for manufacturing and purchasing new machinery and tooling. The company said it is taking a creative approach to its operational footprint through adaptive reuse of existing buildings. Wixon has created what it calls “dry and liquid custom taste solutions” since 1907, when Charles Franklin Wixon operated a spice cart in Chicago.

Source: Conway Analytics

 

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 SITE SELECTION RECOMMENDS 

Last week Argentina-based Prodem and the Global Entrepreneurship Network released the 2021 Index of Dynamic Entrepreneurship, evaluating 40 countries by their conditions for startups and young firms with growth potential. It is based on indicators (which saw declines in 75% of the countries) that include business structure, culture, education, demand conditions, financing, policies and regulations, social capital and the efforts of companies and institutions in science, technology and innovation. The United States, Norway, the Netherlands, Germany and Sweden are the top five ecosystems. Some countries hit hard by the pandemic experienced only small regressions in the conditions for entrepreneurship. Others, such as Brazil and India, showed progress largely attributed to growth in entrepreneurial human capital. “Despite the pandemic, some countries — especially in the southern hemisphere — reported progress in systemic conditions, showing impressive resiliency and entrepreneurial spirit,” said Hugo Kantis, director of Prodem.

 

 PHOTO OF THE DAY 
Photo by Damian Szymula courtesy of Gebrüder Weiss

Logistics provider Gebrüder Weiss this week arranged for the first-ever arrival of the world’s largest cargo aircraft at Rzeszów airport, transporting goods for Polish industry from Tianjin, China to Poland. “The situation in air and sea freight remains very tense, as there is still not enough cargo space,” said Lothar Thoma, managing director Air & Sea at Gebrüder Weiss. With the Antonov, we can quickly transport large-volume goods for our customers quickly.” The six-engine Antonov An-225 has a wingspan of 88.4 meters (290 feet), a length of 84 meters (just over 275 feet) and an empty weight of 285 tons.

 
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