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From the May Issue


The Tennessee Valley Authority Intelligence Report

From hydrogen to next-gen nuclear power, companies and communities in TVA territory have the future in mind. Learn more in the Digital Edition of the TVA Intelligence Report or read these online stories:

From the September Issue


Biggest Names in STEM Fly North for Talent

Investment in the Canadian workforce doubles down in three major industries.

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The Tug of the Art Land

A place where ‘nothing happens’ and its lessons from the galaxy.

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From the September Issue


Blessing the Beasts

Kansas has built an animal health sciences corridor that is second to none.

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North Carolina

Specialty chemicals company Albemarle Corporation announced in December it had selected Charlotte for Albemarle Technology Park, where it will create 200 jobs and invest up to $200 million in the University City neighborhood. The park will focus on advanced materials R&D, novel process development, and next-generation lithium products. “Innovations from the new site will enhance lithium recovery, improve production methods, and introduce new forms of lithium that will propel lithium-ion batteries and the electric vehicle sector even further,” said the company. “Albemarle is focused on lithium technology leadership because it drives value for our customers and advances the world’s transition to more sustainable energy,” said Kent Masters, Albemarle CEO. “We're proud to be making this investment in our headquarter city and to be contributing to our state and local economy in this capacity.” The company originally relocated its HQ to Charlotte in 2015. A city release noted the recent investments in the region and the state by global EV companies Arrival, Toyota and VinFast have announced major investments across the state. Albemarle also operates a lithium processing facility in nearby Kings Mountain.

Source: Conway Projects Report


Founded in Mesquite in 1941 and now headquartered in Dallas, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit in fall 2022 renewed its devotion to its hometown by launching a new manufacturing and distribution plant, Wycliff Douglas Provisions, that will employ more than 350 and provide the company’s owner/operators such services as sausage grinding, blending, stuffing, marinating, tumbling, smoking, slicing, shredding and high-speed packaging. “Additional facility benefits are its freezer capabilities and redistributing of frozen items to bring down freight costs while nationwide fuel and transportation costs are still at an all-time high,” the company said. Dickey’s barbecue franchise offers “eight slow-smoked meats and 12 wholesome sides with ‘No B.S. (Bad Stuff)’ included,” said a release from the company, which has 550 locations in the United States and eight other countries.

Source: Conway Projects Report





How Prologis Primes the Talent Pump for Tomorrow’s Logistics Workforce

In partnership with Jobs for the Future, the Community Workforce Initiative (CWI) program at Prologis will train 10,000 people in six U.S. markets for jobs in transportation, distribution and logistics over the next two years.

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Graphic courtesy of Lightcast

Lightcast in December released a new Career Pathways tool that uses the firm’s library of job postings, real-world profiles, and skills data “to show how workers can advance and succeed in the workforce.” Instead of working within specific industries and conventional promotions, says Lightcast, “Career Pathways takes a broad view and identifies similar jobs based on adjacent skills. This allows you to see the full picture of the job market, complementing data already available in Analyst like demand and compensation trends. Many jobs require overlapping skills, despite being based in different sectors or accomplishing different tasks. Using the Lightcast Occupation Taxonomy or external taxonomies including O*NET or SOC, our data can identify those overlaps and illuminate new sources of talent for employers and also help workers achieve upward mobility.”

A November 2022 Site Selection Online Insider explored Lightcast’s Talent Attraction Scorecard.



Many focus on serving the needs of their communities on this federal holiday honoring the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. One area of need arose during the December holiday season, when The Salvation Army raises 60% of its funding to support its programs throughout the year. On Christmas Eve, the Salvation Army of Osceola County Service Center in Greater Orlando — which provided nearly 20,000 meals in the last fiscal year, thousands of hot showers and one-on-one case management — was vandalized and robbed of its red-kettle money. When news spread of the crime, donations poured in from the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, Seeds of Hope and Faith United Methodist, among others. Bella Roma Pizzeria took it a step further by donating pizzas to feed service center clients and topped it off with a donation of 10% of their two restaurants’ weekend sales, resulting in a check for $2,200 presented here to Andrea Ruiz, director, The Salvation Army Osceola County. “This is the true definition of love in action,” said Captain Ken Chapman, area commander, The Salvation Army Osceola County.

Reached by phone last week, Natasha Player, public relations manager for The Salvation Army’s Orlando Area Command, said, “The red kettle addresses hunger, housing and provides hope.” She said while no suspects in the robbery have been apprehended, the stolen money has been recouped. The organization is broadening its scope of activity to include a pathway to housing program and, in time, the possibility of workforce skills training at a day center on its eight-acre campus in downtown Orlando. “People tend to not want to acknowledge there is an issue,” she said, noting the organization distributes clothing and hygiene items to the unhoused twice a week. “It’s a never-ending cycle if we don’t address the housing issue. We want people to gain their independence.”

Through a network of 7,600 centers across the U.S., The Salvation Army annually helps more than 23 million Americans overcome poverty, addiction and economic hardships through a range of social services. — Adam Bruns