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

INFRASTRUCTURE

The 2022 Global Groundwork Index

This year’s index offers a snapshot of where private- and public-sector physical facility investment are converging for the public good, increased prosperity … and perhaps better roads for all those trucks.

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From the September Issue

EDITOR’S VIEW

Data Modelling or Meddling?

Is it possible that site selectors rely too much on data and algorithms?

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From the May Issue

INVESTMENT PROFILE: SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY, CALIFORNIA

The World Finds a Home in San Bernardino County

How one Southern California county became a magnet for FDI.

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SURVEY

ANNUAL BUSINESS CLIMATE RANKINGS

Corporate Readers: Site Selection Seeks Your Input

The editors of Site Selection are preparing the annual Business Climate rankings, and we need your help. A key part of the rankings that appear in our November issue is input from you on which states have the business climates you find most attractive. Please take a minute to respond to the simple survey that follows. The deadline is Friday, September 2nd. Click on the following survey link to take this survey: https://forms.office.com/r/0aATZimz43

 

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 PROJECT WATCH 

Arizona

New York–based Corning announced last week that, based on a long-term relationship with AT&T, it’s expanding its optical cable manufacturing capacity with a new 250-job facility in Gilbert, Arizona, part of the Greater Phoenix area. The project is the newest in “a series of investments in fiber and cable manufacturing totaling more than $500 million since 2020,” said the company, in order to support public and private investments in broadband, 5G and the cloud. “This investment is a significant step forward for our country and building world-class broadband networks that will help narrow the nation’s digital divide,” said AT&T CEO John Stankey. On the same day, AT&T, along with U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, announced at Mesa Community College the deployment of fiber internet service to the Mesa area by 2023. Corning and AT&T are supporting the White House’s Talent Pipeline Challenge, and have created the Fiber Optic Training Program. The initial class is currently under way in North Carolina, and the program aims to train 50,000 American workers over the next five years. “We believe access to broadband means access to opportunity – from education to healthcare to quality of life,” said Corning Chairman and CEO Wendell P. Weeks. Watch for more coverage of this and other projects in The Greater Phoenix Intelligence Report appearing in the November 2022 issue of Site Selection, and in the Southwest regional review in that same issue.

Source: Conway Projects Report

Nebraska

As first announced in January by the company and documented in detail by the Nebraska Examiner in May, Fortune 300 insurance and financial services company Mutual of Omaha is working with the city and developer Lanoha Real Estate Co. to develop a new headquarters tower in downtown Omaha on property available due to the relocation of the downtown library. “We are inspired by the energy in downtown Omaha and recognize the importance of a vibrant urban core for the city’s future,” said Mutual of Omaha Chairman and CEO James Blackledge early this year. The development of a downtown headquarters tower provides a rare opportunity to create an inspiring workplace for our associates while contributing to the vitality of downtown Omaha.” Part of the plan involves the redevelopment of the company’s current midtown campus. “These plans represent a win-win, as our proposed downtown headquarters tower will be a significant addition to the strength of our urban core while freeing attractive property in Midtown for redevelopment, with the connection of the modern streetcar line fueling both projects,” Blackledge said. The cost of both projects, reported the Examiner, is expected to approach $1 billion, with an expected relocation of the company’s 4,000 employees to the new tower in 2026.

Source: Conway Projects Report

 

 

2022 ILLINOIS INVESTMENT GUIDE

INTERSECT ILLINOIS INTERVIEW

High Gear: Innovation Shifts Into Overdrive in Illinois

Intersect Illinois CEO Dan Seals reveals how private industry is reinventing the factory.

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From the September Issue

TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE

Road Grading

An examination of scores and progress across Illinois infrastructure.

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 SITE SELECTION RECOMMENDS 

Tom Loewald, CEO, Cambrex

New Jersey-based global contract development and manufacturing organization Cambrex last Thursday announced it had finished the first phase of a $30 million capacity expansion at its active pharmaceutical ingredient manufacturing facility in High Point, North Carolina. The new 30,000 sq. ft. will provide future workspace for 85 analytical and chemical development scientists, the company said. The growing demand for small-scale API manufacturing, including for orphan drugs, is one driving factor. “Our expansion goes beyond providing capacity,” said Tom Loewald, Cambrex CEO. “It provides state-of-the-art technology and laboratory equipment, an energy-efficient infrastructure and an ideal space for our scientific experts to work side-by-side with our clients.”

Read Site Selection’s in-depth interview conducted earlier this year with Loewald about how the Cambrex team is pursuing a rapid global growth plan.

 

 PHOTO OF THE DAY 

Embodying the infrastructure leadership in the U.S. and Canada (Nos. 1 and 2 in this year’s Global Groundwork Index) is the Gordie Howe International Bridge. This photograph, taken in July, depicts progress on the U.S.-side tower in Detroit. “Together, the bridge towers and cable system are being constructed to support nearly 34 million pounds of weight,” says the bridge project’s official website. “Once completed, the full weight of just one tower will be approximately 30,000 metric tonnes/66 million pounds — the weight of 165 jumbo jets.”

 
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