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

NEWS DIGEST

North American Reports

Micron grows in Idaho; Porsche doubles the experience in Atlanta; Build Back Better award winner locations; EV investments in Michigan and Ohio; a Hollywood redevelopment in glorious Technicolor; Bridgestone's latest bet on Tennessee.

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From the September Issue

SOUTHWEST U.S.

How Clean Tech Is Turning the Southwest Desert Green

There’s no denying efforts across the region to pursue environmentally friendly innovations.

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 PROJECT WATCH 

Texas

Last Thursday Air Products and The AES Corporation announced plans to invest approximately $4 billion to build, own and operate a green hydrogen production facility in Wilbarger County, Texas. “This mega-scale renewable power to hydrogen project includes approximately 1.4 gigawatts (GW) of wind and solar power generation, along with electrolyzer capacity capable of producing over 200 metric tons per day (MT/D) of green hydrogen, making it the largest green hydrogen facility in the United States,” the companies said. “If all the green hydrogen were used in the heavy-duty truck market, it would eliminate more than 1.6 million metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions annually when compared to diesel use in heavy-duty trucks.” Over the project lifetime, it is expected to avoid more than 50 million metric tons of CO2, the equivalent of avoiding emissions from nearly 5 billion gallons of diesel fuel.” The companies said growth in demand is supported by green hydrogen's role in net-zero ambitions announced by several states and major corporations. The project is subject to receipt of local permits, and local, state and federal incentives.

Source: Conway Projects Report

South Korea

Senior leadership of General Motors(GM) Korean Operations in November visited GM's Changwon plant, where pilot production of GM’s new crossover utility vehicle is underway. GM’s recent investment in the plant’s paint shop, press shop, body shop and assembly shop factors in anticipated global demand for the new CUV. The facility now has a production capacity of 60 units per hour, enabling it to produce up to 280,000 vehicles each year. In addition, GM also invested in production facilities at the Bupyeong plant for additional production of what it calls “the next-generation global vehicle” along with the Chevrolet Trailblazer. GM has built a production system with an annual capacity of 500,000 units by combining its two plants in Changwon (west of Busan near the country’s southern coast) and Bupyeong (in Incheon), located around 4 hours’ drive apart. The investments come as GM Korea celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.

Source: Conway Projects Report

 

 

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WORKFORCE 2023

TRAINING INITIATIVES

The Northland Model

In Buffalo, a focus on students in need is yielding impressive results.

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From the September Issue

TALENT ATTRACTION

Workers Heading South and West

Florida, Texas and Idaho lead the nation in attracting and keeping talent, according to a study just published by data organization Lightcast.

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 SITE SELECTION RECOMMENDS 

At their June 2022 meeting in Jamaica, the World FZO launched the Global Alliance of Special Economic Zones.

Photo courtesy of World FZO

The Dubai-based World Free Zones Organization’s resources include a newsletter that offers a useful amalgam of free zones news from around the world and an atlas that breaks down zones offerings by country. At their June 2022 meeting in Jamaica, the World FZO launched the Global Alliance of Special Economic Zones. “Global threats require strong and innovative partnerships,” said Dr. James Zahn, director, Investment and Enterprise Division, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). “This alliance will enable us to bring together the resources and expertise of eight founding members of the GASEZ towards one goal, which aims to revitalize the existing zones and advance a new generation of special economic zones that contribute to sustainable development.”

Expressions of interest are due December 20 from members and from visitor & convention bureaus with members in their countries to host the World FZO Annual International Conference & Exhibition (AICE) in May-June 2024. The 2023 edition of the conference will be May 2-3 in Dubai. Contact events@worldfzo.org with questions about hosting. And read Site Selection’s recent exclusive contribution on free zones from Adrianople Group’s James Forster.

 

ARKANSAS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT GUIDE 2022-23

SMART MOBILITY

Smart Mobility Leaders Converge in Arkansas

Hundreds of companies flocked to the UP. Summit for the chance to win over big investors.

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From the September Issue

PHOTO GALLERY

Life in the Natural State

Beautiful views and adventures abound.

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 PHOTO OF THE DAY 
Photo by Christian Pichlkastner courtesy of ATP architects engineers

“With its aerodynamic and gently twisted form, the Austro Tower shapes the skyline of the Vienna business district TownTown,” says ATP architects engineers, which was commissioned to deliver architectural execution design and consultancy services for the project. “One key success factor of the building services design is the switch from conventional local cooling to river energy,” the firm says. “The tower uses the water from the adjacent Danube Canal as an energy source for powering the heating and cooling supply. This optimization halved the area required for the plant room on the 35th floor. The other half is now used as a lounge and meeting area with an external space that is protected from the wind.” The building has 43,000 sq. m. (462,863 sq. ft.) of office space, a conference center and a restaurant.

 
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