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

NEW MEXICO

The Air Is Amazing in New Mexico

Ask any photographer or pilot In New Mexico: There’s something about the quality of the air that makes for exquisite light and smooth navigation.

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From the September Issue

SOUTH CENTRAL U.S.

International Companies Ramp Up Regional Investment

What do 3,343 foreign-owned companies from all over the world have in common? They have invested in new and expanded corporate facilities in Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas.

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 EVENTS 

 

 PROJECT WATCH 

British Columbia

Marking its first visual effects (VFX) studio investment outside its native New Zealand, VFX company Wētā FX earlier this month opened a new office in Vancouver, calling it a first step in global expansion. “The global growth in entertainment content has allowed us the flexibility to really pursue the projects we want and to expand our business model to tap into talent in more locations around the world,” said Prem Akkaraju, CEO of Wētā FX. “Vancouver is an established market for VFX, animation and games talent and we look forward to welcoming them into the Wētā FX family.” The Vancouver location will initially house 75 artists “with a vision to expand beyond that before the end of the year,” the company said. Its list of projects includes WB’s The Batman and Marvel’s Moon Knight and Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, as well as the Avatar Sequels, the first of which will hit theatres in December 2022.

Based in Wellington, New Zealand, Wētā FX has the largest single-site VFX studio in the world, drawing artists from over 40 countries.

Source: Conway Analytics

Montana

As reported by the Billings Gazette and other sources, Coca-Cola Bottling Co. High Country this spring broke ground for a new facility at the Harnish Trade Center, a business park near I-90. “High Country's new $50 million complex will be built on 10.5 acres with a 60,000-square-foot warehouse, a 80,000-square-foot manufacturing facility, a 76,000-square-foot fleet shop and 20,000-square-foot truck bay,” the Gazette reported, noting that Big Sky Economic Development and the city combined to invest $500,000 (High Country invested $1 million) to extend water and sewer infrastructure to the site, opening up other sites at the trade center for development.

Source: Conway Analytics

 

 

KENTUCKY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT GUIDE 2022

WORKFORCE

Training Funds Get the Job Done

When Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear in February announced more than $2.2 million in funds and credits to support training nearly 9,500 Kentucky workers, it was the continuation of a commonwealth tradition that’s nearly as old as the 44-year-old governor himself.

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From the September Issue

INNOVATION & ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Early-Stage to Exit

Kentucky is doubling down on capital investments.

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 SITE SELECTION RECOMMENDS 

The Site Selection Sustainability Rankings are just around the corner in our July 2022 issue. Other global sustainability scorecards (some of which are incorporated into Site Selection’s rankings) include the annual real estate assessment by GRESB, considered the global benchmark for environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance of real assets. Last year, Australia topped the results for the 11th consecutive year. The full results for real estate and for infrastructure were released in October.

 

OREGON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT GUIDE

INNOVATION

A Mission of Innovation

Oregon launches a plan to spur the innovation economy.

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From the September Issue

HIGH TECH

Building a Tech Hub on the West Coast

From cybersecurity to fintech, an alternative to Silicon Valley is emerging.

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 PHOTO OF THE DAY 
Photo by the U.S. Department of Agriculture courtesy of U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

After a required 72-year restriction on access to the records passed, data from the 1950 U.S. Census were released on April 1 in digitized format by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). Over 165 terabytes of data from the nation’s 17th decennial census, searchable by name and address, are available at 1950census.archives.gov, including population schedules for U.S. states and territories, enumeration district maps and district descriptions. This photo from promotional efforts for that census came with this original caption: “A week in advance of census taking, every farmer receives a questionnaire by mail and fills it out before the enumerator arrives. The enumerator then checks the form and helps the farmer with any difficult questions.”

 
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