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From the May Issue


Attracting Innovation is the Name of the Game for these Forward-Thinking Parks

Potsdam Science Park is just one example of the unique offerings of members of the International Association of Science Parks and Innovation Areas.

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If you’re like us, you didn’t want the World Cup to end. So today we highlight two projects located in the countries whose soccer teams played so valiantly in yesterday’s epic final. This new Whirlpool plant in Fátima, within the district of Pilar in Argentina, opened in October. It will manufacture 300,000 high-capacity washing machines per year — approximately one every 40 seconds — and will generate 600 indirect and 300 direct jobs in the region. “With more than 30 years in Argentina, Whirlpool has become known as one of the main appliance brands in the country. Now, we seek to be the largest exporter in our industry from the country,” said Whirlpool Latin America Global VP and President Carlos Brega. It is expected that two-thirds of what is manufactured will be exported to Latin America — primarily to Brazil — and generate an annual revenue of more than $50 million, the company said.

Source: Conway Projects Report


This new whitefish plant in Saint-Quentin, located less than 60 miles from the Belgian border in the Hauts-de-France region, will start up in 2023 to primarily serve the market in Germany and the Benelux countries. Cite Marine is a subsidiary of Japan’s Nippon Suisan Keisha. According to Nord France Invest, the company already owns seven production sites in the Grand Ouest region. The new project “provides for an additional €15 investment by 2025,” the French agency reports, “increasing the workforce to 300.” Which means, of course, that the job creation battle between this project and the Argentina project above will end in a draw.

Source: Conway Projects Report





The Best Outcome? Higher Income

A new project from the Aspen Institute and Columbia University’s Community College Research Center aims to align credentials with better earnings.

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From the September Issue


Georgia Supercharges Growth Through Worker Training

Quick Start teaches Georgians how to build EVs, batteries and corporate jets.

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Photo courtesy of GAO

The U.S. Government Accountability Office this month released a report about the role played in national security by commercial satellite imagery and data, with an overview of contracts across 10 civilian federal departments that use satellite imagery. “Eight of 10 departments and agencies reported that they use commercial satellite imagery acquired by the National Reconnaissance Office and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) through their participation in the National System for Geospatial Intelligence or through their access to commercial imagery in NGA's web-hosted service,” the report states, noting the expected growth of the commercial space industry. In a separate classified enclosure that will be provided to those entities with the proper clearance and need to know, GAO also reports on contracts for the purchase and use of commercial satellite imagery by DOD, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Central Intelligence Agency.


Photo by Mark Theissen for National Geographic courtesy of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHM)

The world is flocking to his “Avatar” sequel “Avatar: The Way of Water.” But James Cameron is at least as well known for his real-life underwater explorations. That work is chronicled in a new exhibit now up at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. “PRESSURE: James Cameron into the Abyss” celebrates the 10th anniversary of his 2012 record-breaking, solo dive to the deepest point on Earth — nearly seven miles down in the Mariana Trench — in the Challenger Deep submersible. “We’re entering an exciting new age of technically-enabled ocean exploration reliant on a new suite of marine vehicles, advanced imaging systems and other tech that will propel ocean science,” James Cameron said in the museum’s news release. “More than 80% of our oceans are unexplored. There are mysteries to solve, new discoveries to make and critical knowledge to acquire.”