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

CALIFORNIA

California’s Comeback

The No. 4 state in the Governor’s Cups ranking is just getting started.

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From the September Issue

HAMPTON ROADS INTELLIGENCE REPORT

The Winds of Change Have Arrived

In Hampton Roads, regionalism is written into the DNA. (Click here for the Digital Edition of the Hampton Roads Intelligence Report.)

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From the May Issue

HAMPTON ROADS MARITIME

Where Brain Meets Brawn

Huntington Ingalls expands in Hampton Roads on a pioneering mission for the Navy.

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From the May Issue

INVESTMENT PROFILE: ROUND ROCK, TEXAS

Round Rock: The High-Tech Hub of Central Texas

Zoom in on the action in Central Texas and you’ll find Round Rock and Williamson County at the center of it all.

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

Tuesday, March 15, marked the earliest Equal Pay Day since its inception in 1996. What’s Equal Pay Day? It’s the date that represents how far into the ensuing calendar year women must work to equal the compensation men earned the previous year. U.S. Census Bureau data from the 2019 American Community Survey (ACS) say the national median earnings for civilians in 570 occupations who worked full-time, year-round in the past 12 months was $53,544 for men compared to $43,394 for women.

The map above depicts the range of gender-based wage gaps by state. The only place where there is no gap is Puerto Rico, but the island also has the lowest median wages for both men and women compared to all states and D.C. “Places with a wage gap above $15,000,” says the Bureau, “included Wyoming, $21,676; Utah, $17,303; and the District of Columbia, $16,032.” States with the lowest gaps on the mainland are led by, in order, Vermont (wage gap = $4,600), Nevada ($6,013), California ($7,162), Maryland ($7,594) and Florida ($7,705). — Adam Bruns

 

Site of the Week: Shell Buildings Available for Immediate Up-fit
From the January Issue

Critical production demands can’t always wait on a lengthy construction project. North Carolina’s shell industrial buildings are ready now with targeted state and local incentives available to help with up-fit.

At ElectriCities, we look for opportunities to partner with our 70+ NC Public Power member cities to provide customized assistance within all aspects of economic development at no cost to you. From marketing to targeted recruiting to grant assistance, we’re here with tools and expertise. We actively work with site selectors to recruit industries and bring jobs to our public power hometowns. Our local expertise allows commercial and industrial customers like you to find just the right site with fewer hassles — and way more hospitality.

READY TO GET STARTED? Contact Carl Rees at 800.768.7697 ext. 6315 or crees@electricities.org. See some of our featured shell buildings, with more coming on the market every month.

 

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KANSAS: TO THE STARS

ANIMAL HEALTH

Love to the Little Ones

Hill’s brings heart to the Kansas City Animal Health Corridor.

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From the September Issue

TOURISM

To the Stars and Closer to Home

Kansas Tourism builds momentum for one of the state’s most vital sectors.

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 EVENTS 

 

 PROJECT WATCH 

Ireland

California-based Ultra Clean Holdings this month announced it is establishing an Advanced Technology Cleaning Centre (ATCC) with a 100-job facility located at the IDA Ireland Business & Technology Park at Killgarry. “The Ireland ATCC will be part of UCT’s Services division, which provides ultra-high purity tool chamber parts cleaning and coating, as well as micro-contamination analytical services to chip makers and equipment providers,” said IDA Ireland. “Cavan, Ireland will be UCT’s 15th Services site and will primarily support Intel Corporation and other European-based customers.” Construction is expected to be complete by the third quarter of this year. Intel earlier this week announced a massive €33 billion investment in R&D and manufacturing across Europe, including Ireland, part of a plan to invest €80 billion in the EU across the next decade.

Source: Conway Analytics

Slovenia

Hella Saturnus Slovenija, the car headlight manufacturing subsidiary of the German group Hella, is investing in a new logistics center in Ljubljana, located. Invest Slovenia says the new center will feature a laboratory to test new products and technologies, a production facility for new electronic components and a warehouse. The Slovenian government will subsidize the €107.7 million project with €5.42 million from 2022 through 2025, according to government documents. “Hella Saturnus is owned by Germany's Hella, which has been in 80% ownership of French automotive supplier Faurecia since January,” Invest Slovenia reports. “The Slovenian company Saturnus, Hella Saturnus's predecessor, was established in 1921, and was sliced up into four parts after Slovenia became independent.”

Source: Conway Analytics

 

 

 SITE SELECTION RECOMMENDS 
A rendering shows where Intel’s two new processor factories will be located on nearly 1,000 acres in Licking County, Ohio. The $20 billion project is the largest single private-sector investment in Ohio history.
Rendering courtesy of Intel

Intel today released details of its $100 million commitment toward partnerships with universities, community colleges and technical educators in Ohio and across the U.S. to build a pipeline of talent and bolster research programs, building on its recently announced planned investment of more than $20 billion to construct two new leading-edge chip factories in Ohio. Intel will invest $50 million directly in Ohio higher education institutions. An additional $50 million from Intel will be matched by $50 million from the U.S. National Science Foundation in national funding opportunities.

“Part of this investment will establish the Intel® Semiconductor Education and Research Program for Ohio to fund a collaborative, multi-institution research and education program that will emphasize gaining real-world experience and innovating in semiconductor fabrication,” the company stated. “Intel will accept proposals from Ohio-based academic researchers, technical centers, faculty and educators to address curriculum development, faculty training, laboratory equipment upgrades, novel research to advance semiconductor fabrication and student opportunities including internships.”

Read Site Selection’s recent coverage of similar workforce development efforts by semiconductor company GlobalFoundries and educational institutions in New York and beyond in “Incremental Credentials Could Be Essential.”

 

 PHOTO OF THE DAY 
Photo by Chris Hill courtesy of Tourism Ireland

A standing stone in the foreground provides perspective on the Ben Bulben escarpment in County Sligo in the Connaught region of the Republic of Ireland. A loop trail “brings you to a striking waterfall where you can enjoy panoramic views of Sligo Bay and on a clear day, Donegal in the distance,” says Discover Ireland. Located near the base of Ben Bulben is the grave of poet William Butler Yeats, whose poem “Under Ben Bulben” declares:

“Many times man lives and dies
Between his two eternities,
That of race and that of soul,
And ancient Ireland knew it all.”

 
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