From the September Issue


North American Reports

Updates on Cognizant’s growth in Halifax; aerospace manufacturing plans from Lockheed Martin and Airbus in Alabama and Georgia; where people are quitting their jobs the most and the least; a major canola complex coming to Regina, Saskatchewan; and the curious move by the US Chess Federation to move its HQ from Tennessee to St. Louis.

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From the September Issue


Underdog or Understated?

A state that consistently delivers results faces an age-old branding question.

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Infographic courtesy of Buffer and Nomad List

There’s a new breed of global tech talent: the digital nomad. According to the global network Nomad List (where $100 grants you membership), the growth or remote work means “millions of people who are now newly working remotely from home, a cafe, or coworking space, will realize they've become location independent and travel or move to new places.” The network’s “2022 State of Digital Nomads” report says the average digital nomad is a 33-year-old progressive, non-religious white male from the United States who works as a software developer, pulls down 80 grand a year, loves coffee, loves Tokyo, and stays in one place for around 10 weeks.

The 2022 State of Remote Work report issued by Buffer in partnership with Nomad List and Remote OK obtained responses from 2,118 remote workers in 16 countries. Among the most striking, 97% would recommend remote work to others and plan to work remotely at least some of the time for the rest of their careers. Based on the graph above, it appears their employers recognize and are accommodating this long-term trend. But 45% say career growth within organizations is more difficult as a remote worker.

The organization keeps track of the fastest growing remote work hubs. The best place to be right now, according to the 53,321 digital nomads in the Nomad List club? Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand, followed by Lisbon, Portugal; the Canary Islands in Spain; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Porto, Portugal; Cape Town, South Africa; Warsaw, Poland; Madeira, Portugal; Austin, Texas; and Phuket, Thailand … with Istanbul, Turkey, on the outside looking in. Below is a list of the digital nomads’ top 10 countries. Compare and contrast these choices with Site Selection’s Global Best to Invest countries and metros. The new edition of those rankings will be revealed in our May 2022 issue, whose advertising deadline is not remote but very near. — Adam Bruns

  1. Singapore
  2. Slovenia
  3. Bulgaria
  4. Portugal
  5. Curaçao
  6. Hungary
  7. Romania
  8. Hong Kong
  9. Estonia
  10. Czech Republic




Site of the Week
From the January Issue

Click the image above to learn why the South Alabama Mega Site is the Southeast’s premier industrial mega site!

Located in the 7th fastest-growing metro area in the country, The South Alabama Mega Site is primed to be the next U.S. automotive OEM site. With $12.5 million in site enhancements being completed in 2022, the site has truly redefined the term “shovel-ready.” Now featuring a 1.5 million square foot building pad, on-site rail infrastructure, and easy access to all utility infrastructure, the publicly owned site can meet or exceed rapid project development timelines with ease, providing rapid permitting, infrastructure improvements, and site development.




How Kentucky Notched Its Best Year Ever

Landing BlueOval SK Battery Park positions the commonwealth for long-term growth.

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From the September Issue


‘We Will Get This Done’

The key to businesses succeeding in Kentucky, Governor Andy Beshear tells Site Selection Editor in Chief Mark Arend, is to treat capital investors as teammates.

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Maasvlakte 2, the expansion of the Port of Rotterdam, the Netherlands, includes a major LNG import terminal.
July 2020 photo by Danny Cornelissen courtesy of Port of Rotterdam Authority

The White House in late March reached an agreement with the European Union that would reduce dependence on Russian gas by increasing export of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the U.S. “If we happened to have a gas pipeline that stretched from the Gulf Coast all the way across the Atlantic, reported Marketplace’s Justin Ho, “making good on our promise would be a lot easier. Shipping LNG on tankers is a complicated business.”

FERC maintains this list of current and proposed gas liquefaction and export terminals in the U.S., a topic Site Selection has been following for the past decade.




Nice Pairings

Food & beverage companies and Oregon communities find themselves well matched.

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From the September Issue


Uniquely Oregon

Six distinct regions offer business advantages and quality of life to boot.

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On March 24, Northrop Grumman opened its newest building in Longbow Park in Boulder to support the growth of its Overhead Persistent Infrared Exploitation (OPIR) and Advanced Mission Systems (AMS) programs. The expansion features a radio frequency research lab, includes green initiatives and gives Northrop Grumman added flexibility for future growth, said the company, which observed that it is “one of the leading aerospace and defense companies in Colorado, with more than 2,200 employees across the state supporting key customers including the U.S. Space Force, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Missile Defense Agency and the intelligence community.”

Source: Conway Analytics

Costa Rica

Canada’s Konrad Group, which provides strategy, design and technology services for global brands such as Kia, Spotify, McDonalds, Coca Cola, PayPal, and Uber, in March opened its second Costa Rican office in San José, located in Escazu’s Plaza Tempo Office Center. Its first office is in Tres Ríos de La Unión at the Terra Campus Corporativo Office Center, located on the other side of the metro area. “Over the past nine years, we have witnessed tremendous growth in our Costa Rican operations and, with the opening of this new office, we double down our efforts to build a world-class technology team here in San José,” said Hooman Bahador, president and co-founder of Konrad, in a release from CINDE, Costa Rica’s investment promotion agency. The company is filling roles such as computer science professionals, computer engineers, software developers and programmers with advanced English.

Source: Conway Analytics



Photo by Stéphane Brügger courtesy of v2com newswire

The Îlot Balmoral is a 13-story mixed-use office building commissioned by the Société d’Habitation de Montréal (SHDM), which architecture firm Provencher_Roy says “rises as a testimony to Montréal’s creative economy.” One of the final major developmental pieces of the Quartier des Spectacles in downtown Montréal, the building is the new home of the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) and UQAC’s École des arts numériques, de l'animation et du design (NAD School).