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California Dreamin’

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Road Trip!

TeamCalifornia’s partners show the state at its best.

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After three years of construction, Australia-based biotech company CSL last week inaugurated its new R&D site on the grounds of the research campus in Marburg's Görzhausen Industrial Park. “Covering around 40,000 square meters [430,570 sq. ft.], the M600 R&D center provides space for up to 500 R&D employees, making it CSL's largest R&D center worldwide and combining all disciplines under one roof,” the company said. “Investing in Marburg makes sense for us as this region helped shape CSL today,” said Paul Perreault, CSL CEO and managing director, noting that Marburg was “where Emil von Behring, one of the founders of our CSL Behring business unit who won the first Nobel Prize in Medicine for pioneering the use of plasma to treat patients suffering from diphtheria, lived and worked.” Dr. Bill Mezzanotte, head of R&D and chief medical officer for CSL, said, “The science and innovation taking place in Marburg and across the region will help us to shape CSL's future in a sustainable way, and we hope that it will drive further development of the region into a globally recognized innovation center.” CSL’s growing R&D organization employs more than 2,000 in nine countries, including sites in Melbourne, Australia; Bern, Switzerland; Amsterdam, Netherlands; King of Prussia, Pennsylvania; Pasadena, California; and Waltham, Massachusetts.

Source: Conway Projects Report


Wisconsin-based American Foods Group broke ground last week on a new beef processing facility near Wright City in Warren County, Missouri, located west of St. Louis along I-70. AFG plans to create more than 1,300 new jobs in the region with an annual payroll of approximately $80 million (which breaks down to an average salary of $61,538). “As a third-generation farmer and cattleman myself, I am proud to welcome AFG to Missouri,” said Missouri Governor Mike Parson, noting that agriculture is the state’s No. 1 sector with an annual contribution of $94 billion to the economy. Steve Van Lannen, president and COO of American Foods Group, said beef demand will be fulfilled thanks to the “addition of industry-needed hook space.” The project was originally announced in November 2021, when Mike Deering, executive vice president of the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association, said “Bringing processing this close to cattle production reduces the costs and energy needed, and it is good for Missouri cattle producers and consumers.” AFG, which plans to process 2,400 cattle per day at the facility, is family-owned by the Rosen family and employs more than 4,500 across the U.S., including five other processing facilities in the upper Midwest.

Source: Conway Projects Report





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Here’s how Illinois took charge of the entrepreneurship race.

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The U.S. Census Bureau chose in releasing new 2021 American Community Survey (ACS) 1-year estimates last Thursday to highlight a 12.2% increase in people primarily working from home between 2019 and 2021. But it may have buried the lede. In the news release’s 11th paragraph sat this sentence: “The percentage of U.S. adults ages 16 to 64 who worked full-time, year-round in the past 12 months dipped from 52.9% in 2019 to 50.5% in 2021.”

Oh well, at least that means commutes are faster. The tripling of the work-from-home crowd from roughly 9 million people to 27.6 million people has meant the average one-way travel time to work dropped by an entire two minutes to 25.6 minutes in 2021, among the shortest times in the last decade.

Where are the most people working from home? “Nearly half (48.3%) of workers in the District of Columbia worked from home, the highest percentage of home-based workers among states and state equivalents in 2021,” said the Bureau. “In addition to the District of Columbia, states with the highest percentage of home-based workers were Washington (24.2%), Maryland (24.0%), Colorado (23.7%) and Massachusetts (23.7%) … 2021 marked the highest number and percentage of people working from home recorded since the ACS began in 2005.”



Site Selection Publisher and Director Laura Lyne took this image in July from the side of Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park in Montana. The road opened for the season on July 13 due to late winter weather, making it difficult for road crews to clear the road during continued avalanche danger, said the National Park Service (NPS). “I was careful to stay back from the edge of the road while taking this,” Laura says. “The road is not for the faint of heart or for folks who don’t deal well with heights, but it’s spectacularly beautiful.” Without stopping, it takes approximately two hours to drive the full 50 miles of Going-to-the-Sun Road, says the NPS. The road is home to five of the park’s 13 campgrounds, and its highest point is Logan Pass at 6,646 feet.