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From the September Issue

Tennessee Takes the Wheel

Since 2017, manufacturing is responsible for more than $16.8 billion in capital investment in the state, adding 32,000 new jobs and solidifying over 153,000 jobs over those five years.

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From the May Issue


State of the States

Site Selection’s annual compendium of state legislative updates, economic and demographic indicators, workforce metrics, governor comments, project snapshots and more will serve the needs of any location decision-maker.

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From the September Issue


The 2023 Regional Workforce Development Rankings

Site Selection’s annual rankings use high-level measures to gauge workforce-related aspects of each state’s overall employment climate.

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Forget the Flyover Talk, Kansas Has Moved to the Top

Fresh off winning re-election and the first Site Selection Governor’s Cup award in state history, Gov. Laura Kelly outlines the steps she took to propel the state to the No. 1 ranking in economic development.

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From the September Issue


Top Awards Recognize Kansas’ Winning Business Climate

Kansas has the hardware in its trophy case to prove its business case.

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Two Digital Editions Debut Today

Can’t wait for your print issues? As of today you can access the full Digital Edition of the January 2023 issue of Site Selection AND the full Digital Edition of “Kansas: The State of Unexpected,” produced by Conway Custom Content.


Medellín, Colombia, is one microregion whose strong progress in living standards is highlighted in new McKinsey research.
Archive photo of Comuna 13 in Medellín by Adam Bruns

“Data at the country or subcontinental level often obscures precisely where that progress has occurred and just how extensive it is, stated McKinsey Global Institute last month in unveiling its “Pixels of Progress” analysis. “Our granular dataset offers a dramatically different view of human development around the world, uncovering the true depth and breadth of progress in places previously obscured by country averages.”

That sort of data burrowing is a gold mine for corporate location decision-makers. Among the examples McKinsey trots out: The country-level life expectancy in Cambodia and Laos differs by two years, but differences between microregions in those two countries can range up to 10 years. Another example: A country lens on growth in GDP per capita, McKinsey says, misclassifies the progress of some 1.4 billion people.

Where McKinsey did not find official GDP data, the report’s technical appendix informs us, “we used nighttime satellite imagery to estimate subnational GDP,” based on a decade of peer-reviewed research showing strong relationship between the two variables. Where are living standards progressing most? “Among the 2 billion people in microregions that newly achieved high living standards over the past 20 years, 1.1 billion lived in China,” the report states in Chapter 5, going on to profile such communities as Yulin in Shaanxi Province and Anshan in the Chinese Rust Belt, as well as other world microregions making notable progress, such as Medellín, Colombia; Tehran, Iran; Istanbul, Turkey; and — before last year’s unprovoked attack by Russia — Kyiv, Ukraine. — Adam Bruns




Don’t Call These Skills Soft

Problem solving and communication, writes Lumina Foundation President and CEO Jamie Merisotis, are among the ‘durable skills” in huge demand as the global labor shortage grows.

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The Single European Act was enacted in January 1992.

Photo courtesy of the European Communities Audio-Visual Service

Ursula von der Leyen

Among many changes that went into effect with the new year was the official accession of Croatia into the Schengen area and the Eurozone. “Two immense achievements for the youngest Member State of the European Union, and both reached on the very same day,” said European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen (pictured). “From now on, internal borders can be crossed freely, without controls, like here at Bregana. And all the other crossing points at land with Slovenia and Hungary, at sea with Italy, and as of March, by air with all other Schengen States. No more checks, no more passport control, no more queues, just people crossing smoothly.”

Examine this EU release for more about the Schengen area and Eurozone, and this document for further details about the accomplishments and goals of the European Single Market, which turns 30 this year.




Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, Lt. Governor Jon Husted, and JobsOhio President and CEO J.P. Nauseef announced December 15 that Abbott had selected a site in Bowling Green for a new manufacturing facility that will produce specialty and metabolic powder nutritional products. “Abbott’s history in formula production goes all the way back to Columbus in the early 1900s, and we’re glad Abbott is advancing its future here in Ohio as they bring a cutting-edge facility to Bowling Green that will support job growth and improve the supply chain for critical formula products nationwide,” said Governor DeWine. “We’re building this plant for additional capacity to produce these important specialty and metabolic formulas that families rely on,” said Robert B. Ford, chairman and CEO of Abbott. Other entities involved in the project win include the Ohio Department of Development, Northwest Ohio’s Regional Growth Partnership (RGP), Bowling Green Economic Development and other state, local and county partners, said the governor’s release. Contingent on incentives approval, a groundbreaking is expected to take place in 2023, with construction expected to be completed in 2026.

Source: Conway Projects Report


On the same date as the Abbott announcement, packaging giant Amcor announced the opening of the largest flexible packaging plant by production capacity in China, located in Huizhou in Guangdong Province. “The plant comes equipped with the first automated packaging production line in China,” the company said. “This, along with high-speed printing presses, laminators, and bag-making machines, can deliver double-digit reductions in manufacturing cycle times.” Xin She, vice president and general manager of Amcor Greater China, said, “This investment is testament to our commitment to grow with our customers in China and throughout Asia Pacific by bringing the best of Amcor’s global expertise closer to them.” The plant includes three labs able to “fully leverage the expertise from the recently opened Amcor Asia Pacific Innovation Center in Jiangyin, China, helping to accelerate the development of responsible packaging solutions,” the company said. In FY2022, 44,000 Amcor employees generated $15 billion in annual sales from operations that span 220 locations in 43 countries.

Source: Conway Projects Report




Managing Editor Adam Bruns made this photo during his family’s visit to Graceland and its affiliated “Elvis Presley’s Memphis” site over the holidays. This exhibit, which debuted last May, salutes Elvis Presley’s on-stage style from 1969-1977 “through more than 100 pieces of iconic stagewear,” Graceland notes, many of them designed by the late Bill Belew. If you’re so inclined, you can purchase in the gift shop for a bit over $4,000 a replica of the famous Aloha from Hawaii concert jumpsuit Elvis wore for the first-ever satellite-broadcast concert. A new exhibit about the making of Baz Luhrmann’s award-nominated film “Elvis” will be unveiled at Elvis Presley’s Memphis on Elvis’ birthday this Sunday, January 8th, 2023.