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FROM SITE SELECTION MAGAZINE, JANUARY 2022 ISSUE
From the September Issue

MID-SIZED MARKETS

Perseverance Pays for Greensboro

A megasite and specially prepared incentives set the table for a 1,750-job EV battery manufacturing plant from Toyota.

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From the September Issue

ALABAMA

Innovation Commission Points the Way for Alabama’s ‘Trailblazers’

Led by notable Alabamians such as former U.S. Secretary of State Dr. Condoleezza Rice, the commission in December issued recommendations in five areas.

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 QUOTE OF THE DAY 

 

2022 OREGON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT GUIDE

The Digital Edition of the 2022 Oregon Economic Development Guide produced by Conway Custom Content for Business Oregon is now available. Read our interviews with Governor Kate Brown, Business Oregon Director Sophorn Cheang and PGD President and CEO Maria Pope, among others. Learn how the state’s infrastructure from ports to broadband is sustaining the economy. Discover how higher education institutions and other workforce programs are partnering with industry. And see what’s happening in such sectors as bioscience, outdoor gear & apparel, food & beverage, high-tech, business services and more. Watch this space in the coming weeks for web editions of stories from this insightful publication.

 

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KANSAS: TO THE STARS

DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Q&A

This Is Not the Same Old Kansas Anymore

Kansas Lieutenant Governor and Commerce Secretary David Toland describes how a new playbook, the Framework for Growth, has put the state in position to excel.

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From the September Issue

ENERGY & UTILITIES

Wind Belt Blows Dollars into Area Economies

The Sunflower State’s leadership role in wind energy — like the wind across the prairie itself — shows no signs of abating.

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 EVENTS 

 

 PROJECT WATCH 

Nepal

According to several news reports citing a release from the Investment Board of Nepal, Dabur Nepal, a Nepal division of the Indian fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) conglomerate, is making this investment in Kathmandu in order to expand production of its signature fruit juices and other products such as hair oil and honey. Most of the company’s products in Nepal are produced for export to India. The full expansion is expected to be complete in two to four years.

Source: Conway Analytics

Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe newspapers report that Bulawayo-based Barmore Investments, trading as Oceans Foods, is making this investment in a new maize and small grains industrial million plant. “The new project adds impetus into Bulawayo’s industrial transformation momentum,” reports The Chronicle, “which has seen the city gradually reclaim its manufacturing hub status, taking advantage of the supportive Government economic reforms.”

Source: Conway Analytics

 

 

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WORKFORCE 2022

AUTOMOTIVE

Workers Are an Automotive Projects Magnet

Why Ford chose Tennessee for its biggest single EV investment.

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From the September Issue

AGENCIES

State Workforce Boards

A full directory to the workforce resources you need in every U.S. state.

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 SITE SELECTION RECOMMENDS 

“U.S. mines produced approximately $90.4 billion in mineral commodities in 2021—a $9.7 billion increase over the 2020 revised total of $80.7 billion,” the U.S. Geological Survey reported recently in its 27th annual Mineral Commodity Summaries report from the USGS National Minerals Information Center. The report is a comprehensive source of 2021 mineral data for the world.

“Decision-makers and leaders in both the private and public sectors rely on the crucial, unbiased statistics and data provided in the Mineral Commodity Summaries to make business decisions and determine national policy,” said USGS National Minerals Information Center Director Steven M. Fortier. “Industries that use nonfuel mineral materials — such as steel, aerospace and electronics — created an estimated $3.32 trillion in value-added products in 2021,” an 8% increase from 2020, he said. Crushed stone was the leading nonfuel mineral commodity domestically produced in 2021, accounting for 21% of the total value of U.S. mine production.  There were 14 mineral commodities produced in the U.S. valued at more than $1 billion each: crushed stone, copper, cement, gold, construction sand and gravel, iron ore, salt, lime, industrial sand and gravel, zinc, soda ash, phosphate rock, palladium and molybdenum. In 2021, the top 10 producing states were, in descending order of rank, Arizona, Nevada, Texas, California, Minnesota, Alaska, Utah, Florida, Missouri and Michigan.

 

 PHOTO OF THE DAY 
USGS photo by L. DeSmither

This telephoto image of the west vent in Halema‘uma‘u crater at the summit of Kīlauea in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park was taken November 3, 2021, as ponded lava within the spatter cone supplied lava into the lava lake through the tubed-over spillway. “The fast-moving lava stream is incandescent as it enters into the lava lake at the base of the cone,” explained the U.S. Geological Survey. “As the lava slows and cools, a thin crust begins to form on the surface (center right).”

 
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