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Sunny Side Up

A former steel plant will make solar trackers using equipment brought back to the U.S. from Asia.

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Flexing Toward the Future with Xcel Energy

Two projects featuring world-leading plastics recycling demonstrate how sustainability and economic development goals can coalesce.

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Interested in keeping track of where funding from the federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) is going? Get the data straight from the General Services Administration’s BIL Maps Dashboard within its "Data to Decisions" system. The latest data update reflects awarded funds as of September 6, 2022. In addition to the summary map above (continental U.S. only displayed here), at the bottom of the map is a downloadable spreadsheet containing more than 9,000 entries describing each award, from airport grants and highway projects to water, river basin and fishery projects.

Below is a list of the location-specific single awards thus far that top $1 billion. Standing out from the pack of mostly surface transportation awards in such high-GDP states as California, Texas, New York and Florida is the award of more than $1.3 billion to an advanced nuclear reactor demonstration project in Kemmerer, Wyoming. Located on the site of the retiring coal-fired Naughton Power Plant selected last November by TerraPower, the molten-salt-cooled project will employ up to 2,000 construction workers and 250 permanent employees once it’s up and running. “The demonstration project team evaluated a variety of factors when selecting the site of the Naughton Power Plant, where the remaining two coal units are scheduled to retire in 2025,” TerraPower said last November. “Factors included community support, the physical characteristics of the site, the ability of the site to obtain a license from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), access to existing infrastructure, and the needs of the grid.”

The DOE’s other advanced reactor project, based on gas-cooled technology from X-Energy, will be sited at Energy Northwest's Columbia nuclear plant in Washington state. — Adam Bruns

Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Single Awards Over $1 Billion

National Highway Performance Program Federal Highway Administration $2,840,742,975 Texas N/A
National Highway Performance Program Federal Highway Administration $2,459,858,046 California N/A
National Highway Performance Program Federal Highway Administration $1,419,256,020 Florida N/A
Surface Transportation Block Grant Program Federal Highway Administration $1,381,983,069 Texas N/A
Advanced Reactor Demonstration Program Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations $1,318,500,000 Wyoming Kemmerer
Surface Transportation Block Grant Program Federal Highway Administration $1,196,687,698 California N/A
National Highway Performance Program Federal Highway Administration $1,173,227,199 Pennsylvania N/A
National Highway Performance Program Federal Highway Administration $1,142,038,436 New York N/A
State of Good Repair Formula Grants Federal Transit Administration $1,126,420,277 New York N/A
Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration Projects Corps of Engineers – Civil Works $1,097,967,736 Florida N/A




Illinois Engineers a Strong Future

From diversity to workforce readiness, Illinois colleges and universities pioneer a new approach.

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation was searching for a new headquarters location five years ago until one day it suddenly wasn’t anymore. As of last week, the search has kicked into gear again, with two sites in Maryland’s Prince George’s County and one in Virginia still standing as finalists for a decision expected this fall. “GSA’s site selection approach is based on best practices in public real estate acquisitions and its long-standing expertise in developing federal facilities,” the agency said. “The process also incorporates federal agency goals and directives from law, regulations, and executive orders.” GSA is making available a summary fact sheet of the evaluation process and a copy of the site selection plan in GSA's FOIA Reading Room. “GSA anticipates making a selection in the coming months. In parallel, efforts are underway to identify critical space for an FBI downtown DC facility, complementing the new suburban campus, in accordance with the FY 2023 President’s Budget. This site will allow for continued FBI accessibility to the Department of Justice and other key partners.”

Site Selection originally reported on the prospective HQ move in 2014 and then again in 2015.



North Carolina

On the heels of a big investment in Marcy, New York, silicon carbide semiconductor maker Wolfspeed announced this month its plans to construct a $5 billion manufacturing plant at the Chatham-Siler City Advanced Manufacturing (CAM) Megasite in Siler City, North Carolina. Expected to obtain federal funding from the CHIPS and Science Act, the company intends to create roughly 1,800 jobs at the site over the next eight years. “Demand for our products continues to grow at a rapid pace, and the industry continues to be supply constrained. Expanding our materials production will further our market leadership and allow us to better serve the growing needs of our customers,” said Gregg Lowe, president and CEO of Wolfspeed. “We are particularly excited and proud to not only expand Wolfspeed’s footprint in our home state of North Carolina, but also further our relationship with North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University to nurture our best-in-class talent pool.”

Source: Conway Projects Report


Nestlé Purina and the Government of Santa Catarina late last year dedicated the cornerstone of a new industrial park in the south of the country, in Vargeão, in the west of the state. The new unit will be built to “meet the growing demand of domestic and foreign markets for wet food for dogs and cats, accelerate the company's growth and help consolidate Brazil as an important export platform to other Latin American countries, the United States and Europe,” said a company press release from Nestlé Brazil. It’s the biggest manufacturing investment by the company in Brazil since the opening of a plant in Montes Claros in 2017 and follows the company’s marking of 100 years in Brazil in 2021. The company said the location in the west of Santa Catarina is strategic to accelerate growth. “The road and port infrastructure was decisive in the choice of the State to host the new Purina plant,” Nestlé said. “The region has adequate and efficient modalities for the company's business model, which will use the new unit for production intended mainly for export and supply to the domestic market in southern Brazil.” In 2021, Purina Brasil started to export to the United States, Germany, Italy and France. With the opening of new markets, Purina tripled the volume destined for sales to the foreign market, making Brazil consolidate itself as an export hub for the brand, said the company.

Source: Conway Projects Report



Photo by Werner Slocum courtesy of NREL

The moon rose in January above the wind turbines at the 305-acre Flatirons Campus of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Arvada, Colorado. NREL’s two campuses (including its main campus in Golden) supported $599.4 million in business volume in FY2021, the largest chunks of which were in technology partnership agreements and projects, solar, bioenergy, facilities and infrastructure, vehicles and wind. The lab has 1,002 active partnerships with industry, universities, foundations and governments, and has had 645 patents issued to date.