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

GEORGIA

Let’s Go for a Ride

Rivian takes the road to Georgia.

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From the September Issue

AIRPORT CITIES

An Expert’s View on Airport Development Post-Pandemic

Editor in Chief Mark Arend talks with aerotropolis thought leader John Kasarda about airport cities around the world still moving forward.

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From the May Issue

INDIANA MUNICIPAL POWER AGENCY

Local Solutions and Caring Communities Tip the Scales in IMPA Territory

A 300-job investment in Crawfordsville from Tempur Sealy is a case in point.

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CONWAY CUSTOM CONTENT

The Digital Edition of “Kentucky: The Center of Success” is now live. Produced by Conway Custom Content for the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development, the publication features our interview with Governor Andy Beshear; a look inside how Kentucky landed the largest project in state history with Ford Motor Co.’s BlueOval SK; and viewpoints on recent investments from executives at such companies as Novelis, Firestone and Pratt Industries. Gain insights into the state’s entrepreneurs and startups, as well as training resources that get the job done. Catch up with strong Kentucky sectors such as business services, agritech, metals, logistics and advanced manufacturing. Learn how Build-Ready Sites are just one part of the state’s speed-to-market value proposition. And you can’t visit Kentucky without checking in on the commonwealth’s array of quality-of-life amenities, including an exploding bourbon tourism scene.

 

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OREGON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT GUIDE

FDI & TRADE

Why the World Comes to Oregon

A globally diverse population calls the Beaver State home.

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From the September Issue

FORESTRY & WOOD PRODUCTS

Into the Woods

Oregon’s most iconic industry continues to grow and innovate.

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 PROJECT WATCH 

Spain

As reported by Catalan News and other sources, Catalan president Pere Aragonès announced this investment by Germany’s Freudenberg Group during a two-day visit to Germany that included a stop at the company’s headquarters in Baden-Württemberg. The investment in Parets del Vallès, about 15 miles north of Barcelona, is supported by Catalonia Trade & Investment (ACCIÓ), and will be operational by next year. The company already operates five plants employing 650 people in Catalonia.

Source: Conway Analytics

West Virginia

After announcing this project in February, West Virginia Governor Jim Justice took part in a groundbreaking ceremony earlier this month at the site of Omnis Building Technologies’ future housing materials manufacturing plant in Bluefield. Omnis makes pre-engineered home building systems made up of Concrete Insulated Building Units (CIBU) that are shipped and then assembled on-site to construct pre-designed homes. “Once delivered, these patented turn-key homes are easily constructed and move-in ready in just a few days. The homes are also self-sustainable, generating their own water and electricity,” said a press release from the governor’s office. When looking across the country for a location to build their facility, Omnis Building Technologies President Jonathan Hodson said that Bluefield, West Virginia, is an ideal location because it enables the company to bring CIBU homes to most of the population in the United States by rail or truck.” The facility is expected to produce 3,000 homes per year. Site prep for the Omnis operation was supported by a $1 million U.S. EDA grant.

Source: Conway Analytics

 

 

 SITE SELECTION RECOMMENDS 
Map courtesy of Tax Foundation

The Tax Foundation’s Daniel Bunn last week compared R&D tax incentives across Europe, finding that the Slovak Republic provides the most generous R&D subsidies for large profitable firms, followed by Portugal, France, Spain and Lithuania.

 

 PHOTO OF THE DAY 
Photo courtesy of Tesla

Two years and four months since Elon Musk announced “Gigafactory 4” would be constructed in the Berlin region, he cut the ribbon and broke into dance last week to officially open the $7 billion plant, which is expected to produce 500,000 SUVs annually. Public tours of the plant were held in October, when this photo was made. A search of the operation’s hiring page this morning showed more than 330 jobs open for applicants.

 
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