From the September Issue


Offshore Wind Sector Gains an Offshore Supplier Project

The Siemens Gamesa site is one of several notable foreign direct investment projects to recently come ashore in Virginia.

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From the September Issue


Move Along Now

Railport momentum builds across the nation.

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Rivian, the electric truck pioneer that was just a gleam in RJ Scaringe’s eye about five years ago, announced last week its plan to invest $5 billion and create as many as 7,500 jobs at a site east of Atlanta that will produce up to 400,000 vehicles per year. Construction on the facility on 2,000 acres in Walton and Morgan counties is expected to begin in summer 2022, and the start of production is slated for 2024. Site considerations included logistics, environmental impact, renewable energy production, availability and quality of talent and fit with Rivian company culture, the company said. This morning, Site Selection EVP Ron Starner spoke with George Department of Economic Development Commissioner Pat Wilson, who told him that RJ Scaringe visited the state one time. “It was a make or break moment,” he says, and Georgia Governor Brian Kemp was between meetings. “He helicoptered in. RJ was in a truck. They went for a ride and they came back. Both CEOs knew this was the right place to be. I had the pleasure of sitting in the back seat while they were talking. That is a fast vehicle.” (Watch for more reporting on the project in the January 2022 issue of Site Selection.)

The company’s plant in Normal, Illinois, was recently approved for its own 623,000-sq.-ft. expansion. That will bring the total footprint of the Normal plant to approximately 4 million sq. ft., with further plans to extend warehouse, storage, and production capacity onsite. “Rivian’s hiring in Normal is scaling rapidly,” the company said, “with plans to hire an additional 800-1,000 employees in Normal by the second quarter of 2022.”

Source: Conway Analytics


According to a report from DND based on a Tweet from the Prime Minister’s Advisor on Commerce Abdul Razak Dawood, Dubai-based Brothers Gas has committed to this investment in the Faisalabad Special Economic Zone (SEZ), also known as the Allama Iqbal SEZ. The first part of the three-phase investment will include the installation of an Aerosol Propellant Gas (APG) plant. Dawood noted that the local manufacturing will help reduce Pakistan’s reliance on imported APG. As reported by The Express Tribune last May, apart from the Gwadar Free Zone, a total of nine SEZs are planned under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Authority, including the three priority SEZs in Sindh, Punjab and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa: Dhabeji SEZ, Allama Iqbal Industrial City, and Rashakai Economic Zone.

Source: Conway Analytics




Georgia’s Open Door

Despite an ongoing global pandemic, Georgia remains “Open for Business.” Georgia Department of Economic Development Commissioner Pat Wilson explains how the Peach State gets it done.

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From the September Issue


Ahead of the Curve

Georgia’s movement on e-mobility mirrors the state’s broader infrastructure leadership.

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A new Good Jobs First paper, “Federal Dollars, States’ Recoveries: How Poorly Most States are Disclosing CARES Act Spending,” evaluates the accessibility and content of each state’s Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) website and highlights examples of good and bad disclosure with regard to the $111.8 billion in combined funds. According to the report, only six states do it well: Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan and Wyoming. Meanwhile, eight states and the District of Columbia “fail to disclose any meaningful information online,” says GJF. The CRF, a provision of the 2020 CARES Act, directly funds states to cover COVID-related costs through the end of 2021. “The money — $150 billion in all, which also flows to large localities, territories, and tribal governments — intentionally gives state leaders wide flexibility for how the money was spent, to target the specific needs of their residents,” says the report.

Everybody has a chance to correct their wayward ways, however: The states have “another, even bigger pot of money to track,” the report notes, “the $195 billion in state aid from the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund (CSLFRF) included in the 2021 American Rescue Plan Act (another $155 billion went to other localities, territories, and tribal nations).”




Way Better in Washington

Washington State is No. 1 in the nation for quality of life. Here are five reasons why.

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On Saturday, December 11, NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope was secured on top of the Ariane 5 rocket that will launch it to space from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana.
Photo courtesy of ESA-M.Pedoussaut

Exploring the origins of the universe is about to take a giant leap. NASA anticipates the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope on an Ariane 5 launch vehicle from the European Space Agency’s facility in Kourou French Guiana no earlier than Friday, December 24. “The James Webb Space Telescope’s revolutionary technology will study every phase of cosmic history — from within our solar system to the most distant observable galaxies in the early universe,” NASA says. “Webb’s infrared telescope will explore a wide range of science questions to help us understand the origins of the universe and our place in it. In the 29 days after liftoff, thousands of parts must work correctly, in sequence, to ensure that Webb can unfold into its final form. And as all of this takes place, Webb will fly through the expanse of space to a destination nearly 1 million miles away.”

Webb is an international partnership between NASA, ESA and the Canadian Space Agency, along with over 300 universities, organizations, and companies from 29 U.S. states and 14 countries. Additional information about the Webb mission can be found on the mission’s websites: www.nasa.gov/webb and www.webb.nasa.gov