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From the September Issue


Global Best to Invest 2022

Based on objective data sources, the 14th annual Global Best to Invest rankings showcase the top countries and metro areas in terms of their outlook for corporate investment.

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From the September Issue


The 2022 Prosperity Cup

North Carolina claims another Prosperity Cup, which recognizes state-level agencies and initiatives that deliver jobs and investment. Here’s how they did it.

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From the May Issue


The 2022 Mac Conway Awards

Named for Conway Data Founder Mac Conway, whose influence on the nascent economic development industry helped make it a key location differentiator, these awards recognize the efforts of those who worked tirelessly to bring projects large and small to their communities last year.

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How Texas Cashed in On Chips

The center of the semiconductor universe has moved to Texas.

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Why They Come, and Why They Stay

Texas firms will hire 1.4 million new workers by 2026. Here’s how the state does it.

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BigRentz has put together a lengthy but entrancing study of the complete Amazon portfolio of major fulfillment centers, including ranked lists of states by most Amazon square footage and square footage per capita, a map of forthcoming locations and a tiny list of the five lonely states that don’t have a major Amazon distribution center. Among its findings: “By the end of 2023, Amazon will have at least 319 million square feet of warehouses (that’s the size of 138,695 average-sized houses).”




Pittsburgh-based PPG announced last week that it will invest $17 million to build an aerospace application support center (ASC) in Toulouse, a location it said was “strategically located near aerospace customers and the Toulouse Blagnac Airport.” This will be the company’s 17th ASC globally, fifth ASC in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region and the second in France, in addition to the ASC in Gonfreville. Capabilities at the ASC will include a development and qualification laboratory for aerospace materials, a color blending area for coatings, and a spray booth for hands-on training. It will also house filling lines for touch-up kits, a transparencies inspection cell, customized packaging capabilities for third-party products, chemical management resources and a customer service center.Dirk Thelen, PPG general manager, Aerospace, EMEA, said, “The new facility will enhance our ability to provide unparalleled responsiveness and customer support, leading to faster qualification of products and higher participation in new projects, earlier in the development cycle.”

Source: Conway Analytics


Just weeks after opening a huge new headquarters campus in Billund, the LEGO Group has opened this new digital office in Copenhagen. One of four digital workspaces around the world, it currently houses 100 employees, but will be a base for up to 400 eventually. The company says it is actively recruiting engineers, product managers, UX/UI Designers, technical program managers, digital security specialists and data scientists. “Digital offices in Billund, London and Shanghai will also be expanded to accommodate the growing team which will nearly triple in size over a three-year period to more than 1,800 globally,” the company stated. Chief Digital & Technology Office, Atul Bhardwaj said, “Our digital transformation is one of the single largest investments the LEGO Group will make in a generation. We’ve been blending physical and digital experiences for many years and are excited by our progress. But we have big ambitions so are accelerating our investment and expanding our digital team.” Designed to reflect the company’s playful spirit, the site “will also support the company’s Best of Both approach to work which balances the best of working in the office and from home.”

Source: Conway Analytics



Photo by Félix Michaud courtesy of Studio Jean Verville via v2com newswire

The redesigned offices of Les Entreprises d'électricité E.G. Ltée (EG) in Saint-Jérôme, northwest of Montréal, are minimal and theatrical all at once, as this playful photo demonstrates. The interior design by Jean Verville Architecte earned one of 14 Prix d’excellence awarded by the Ordre des architectes du Québec (OAQ) in April. “By deploying 250 stainless steel strut channels, an imposing architectural device organizes distances and proximities, circulations and groupings,” say the architects. “These metal profiles, common in the electrical field, are used to fix the partitions, to support the furniture, and to camouflage all of the wiring.” EG’s co-owners, in the architects’ summary of the project, called the rehab of a derelict industrial building from the 1980s “a complicit, mischievous adventure … an amazing result for and, above all, worthy of our team.”