From the September Issue


A ‘Sansdemic’ Is On the Horizon

It may seem obvious, but to cultivate talent, writes Drew Repp of EMSI Burning Glass, communities first need people.

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From the September Issue


Artificial Intelligence is Portugal’s New Horizon

With a heritage steeped in exploration, Portugal’s next frontier lies in navigating the undiscovered realms of AI.

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The Digital Edition of “To the Stars,” the Conway Custom Content division’s newly published Kansas economic development guide, is now available. Inside, read our conversations with Gov. Laura Kelly and Lt. Gov. and Commerce Secretary David Toland; learn what’s happening in entrepreneurship, higher education and infrastructure; and discover the latest projects and progress in such fields as advanced manufacturing, animal health, corporate services, logistics and bioscience, among other sectors.






A Promising Approach to Real-World Workforce Development

By exclusive arrangement, Miles Sandler of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation explores how Kansas City’s change-making strategy has implications for other regions seeking to build a skilled, diverse workforce.

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Finding the Talent Needle in the Biotech Haystack

States turn to innovative funding to replenish the pipeline of workers in life sciences.

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The Grass IS Greener

Three letters dominate in the turf industry: T-i-f.

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Ready, Set, Georgia!

A conversation with Mark Jaronski, deputy commissioner of Explore Georgia, reveals how the state tourism office led the industry in gaining market share during the worldwide pandemic.

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As revealed by Time late Thursday night and by Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine via a 5 a.m. tweet the following morning, Intel made history last week by announcing the first major semiconductor fab in the U.S. Midwest, a $20 billion investment that will create two chip plants and some 3,000 direct jobs in New Albany, part of the Columbus metro area. The project should create 7,000 construction jobs and a host of spinoff and supply chain projects in its wake. Intel is also investing $100 million in education partnerships to cultivate both talent and research. “These factories will create a new epicenter for advanced chipmaking in the U.S. that will bolster Intel’s domestic lab-to-fab pipeline and strengthen Ohio’s leadership in research and high tech,” said Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger. Watch this space and the pages of Site Selection magazine for more exclusive insights into how this project came together and what it means for Ohio and the United States.

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Medical imaging equipment company United Imaging earlier this month announced that construction had kicked off on a new manufacturing and R&D base in Shanghai. Designed by Gensler, the campus will encompass 420,000 sq. m. (more than 4.5 million sq. ft.) and integrate functions such as technology R&D, intelligent manufacturing, international training and global branding. Completion is expected by the end of 2024. The complex will include a digital, intelligent “super factory” to promote automatic and intelligent manufacturing. “Moreover,” said a company release, “with the Shanghai headquarters at the center, United Imaging will increase its global production capability with a regional division of labor across the Changzhou factory, Wuhan base and U.S. production base.”

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Last week UNCTAD’s Investment Trends Monitor revealed a strong rebound in global foreign direct investment (FDI) in 2021, with levels in developed economies tripling the low levels of 2020. Overall global FDI flows were up 77% to an estimated $1.65 trillion, from $929 billion in 2020, surpassing their pre-COVID-19 levels. In Europe, more than 80% of the increase in flows was due to large swings in conduit economies, said UNCTAD. “Inflows in the United States more than doubled, with the increase entirely accounted for by a surge in cross-border mergers and acquisitions (M&As).” Greenfield investment activity, meanwhile, “remains 30% below pre-pandemic levels on average across industrial sectors,” UNCTAD reports. “Only information and communication (digital sector) has fully recovered.”


Photo courtesy of Salt River Project

Last week officials with the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority (NTUA), Salt River Project (SRP), and leaders of the Navajo Nation agreed to extend a groundbreaking agreement that paved the way for the first-ever, large-scale utility solar farm on the Navajo Nation, called Kayenta I. The groups also signed a contract for a brand-new, 200-megawatt (MW) solar resource on the Navajo Nation called Cameron Solar that is set to be operational by the end of 2023. The SRP Board of Directors approved a long-term energy and environmental-attribute agreement through March 2038 from the 27-MW Kayenta I portion of the Kayenta Solar generation facility.

“At the start of the Nez-Lizer Administration,” said Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez, “we established a new vision for energy development for the Navajo Nation with the signing of the Hayoołkaał proclamation, which prioritizes renewable energy initiatives and supports the transition from coal to other resources to help build our economy and make our Nation a key stakeholder in renewable energy across the country. With the partnership of SRP and NTUA, we are making a statement and taking another big step forward to building our Nation. This is about Nation building, and the future of our Navajo people.”