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FROM SITE SELECTION MAGAZINE, July 2022 ISSUE
From the May Issue

Cover Story

Smarter Cities

“New Industrial Urbanism” calls for reassessing the relationships among cities, people and industry.

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From the September Issue

SUSTAINABILITY RANKINGS

Trading Goals for Pathways

The top places for sustainability don’t talk about finding solutions. They go out and find them.

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From the May Issue

EDITOR’S VIEW

How Smart Is Your City?

Our cover story takes the smart city discussion in a new, different direction. Editor in Chief Mark Arend shares his own different take on what’s smart.

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 DIGITAL EDITION 

MISSISSIPPI

DIGITAL EDITION

The Digital Edition of our July issue is now live. A complete facsimile of the print edition graced with a cover designed by Negin Momtaz, it features our Smarter Cities cover story and Sustainability Rankings, new findings about the world's top Startup & Innovation Hubs from Startup Genome, where the Rural Advantage is most evident and data center insights from Uptime Institute. Also, don't miss the Texas Economic Development Connection Intelligence Report, a special retrospective on 20 years of the Industrial Asset Management Council (IAMC), and an entire lineup of state spotlights, industry reports on sectors such as aerospace and advanced manufacturing, and Site Selection Investment Profiles.

 

 PROJECT WATCH 

Kosice, Slovakia

Volvo Cars announced on July 1 it will establish a third manufacturing plant in Europe, located near Kosice in the eastern part of the country “where it will benefit from a well-established automotive supply chain as it becomes the fifth car plant in the country,” Volvo stated. The plant will be climate-neutral and make only electric cars, reflecting the company’s aim to be fully electric by 2030 and climate-neutral by 2040. “By picking Slovakia as the location for its new plant, Volvo Cars creates a European triangle of manufacturing covering its largest sales region — complementing the Ghent plant (Belgium) in western Europe and the Torslanda plant (Sweden) in northern Europe,” the company said, noting that it’s been nearly 60 years since those two other plants were built. In addition to solid logistics and supplier infrastructure, Volvo said, incentives offered by the Slovak government were also key to the location decision.

Source: Conway Analytics

Calgary, Alberta

At the end of June, IBM Canada announced an IBM Client Innovation Centre (CIC) for Western Canada, with plans to create 250 new jobs in downtown Calgary. “The CIC will have a focus on sustainability, delivering consulting services and technologies like 5G, artificial intelligence, hybrid cloud and blockchain, helping to elevate Alberta's position as a center for energy transformation,” the company said, noting its partnership with Invest Alberta, Calgary Economic Development and Opportunity Calgary Investment Fund (OCIF) to establish the CIC. According to a report from Calgary Economic Development and IDC Canada, Alberta's spending on digital transformation is expected to surpass C$20 billion by 2024, of which Calgary businesses will account for nearly C$7.5 billion. IBM Canada also maintains CICs in Halifax and Montreal.

Source: Conway Analytics

 

 

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2022 MISSISSIPPI DEVELOPMENT GUIDE

GOVERNOR Q&A

Paving the Way to Pandemic Recovery

Employers applaud Gov. Tate Reeves’ data-driven approach.

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From the September Issue

BUSINESS CLIMATE

Making Mississippi Mighty is Job One for Gov. Reeves

Investments into infrastructure, broadband, workforce and site development form the foundation.

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 SITE SELECTION RECOMMENDS 

Map courtesy of U.S. Census Bureau

2021 population estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau last week show the median age has increased by 3.4 years since 2000, reaching 38.8 years. Utah remains the youngest state in the nation, but even its median age increased to 31.8 years. Meanwhile, the oldest state in the nation, Maine, decreased its median age by one-tenth of a percentage point to 44.7 in 2021. “With birth rates trending downwards and the aging of the Baby Boom and Generation X cohorts, the median age will likely continue to rise in the coming years,” said Kristie Wilder, a demographer in the Census Bureau’s Population Division.

 

 PHOTO OF THE DAY 
Photo by Ron Van Oers © UNESCO

Visions of smarter cities have been around since cities began. Among them was Brasilia, the futuristic capital city of Brazil. A definitive example of 20th century modernist urbanism, the UNESCO World Heritage Site was created as the Brazilian capital in the central western part of the country from 1956 to 1960 as part of President Juscelino Kubitschek’s national modernization project. As UNESCO describes it, “the city brought together ideas of grand administrative centers and public spaces with new ideas of urban living as promoted by Le Corbusier,” with urban design by Lucio Costa’s (the ‘Plano Piloto’) and architecture by Oscar Niemeyer. Pictured here is the Os Candangos sculpture by Bruno Giorgi, situated in the Square of the Three Powers (Praça dos Três Poderes, where the presidential palace, supreme court and congress buildings were located). Two years ago, Design and innovation office Carlo Ratti Associati (CRA), together with consultancy firm EY, developed a master plan for public real estate company TerraCap named BIOTIC, a 10-million-sq.-ft. technology and innovation district in Brasilia.

 
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