From the May Issue


The 2022 Governor’s Cups

Kansas claims a second consecutive Cup and Texas an 11th in our annual tally of total and per capita project wins the previous year.

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Places You Can Trust

That’s a strong indicator across the Top Metros of 2022.

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Findlay on the Move

Northwest Ohio’s perennial juggernaut shows how it’s done, again.

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Here Come the Kings

St. Louis, Missouri, and Blytheville, Arkansas, top this year’s cumulative and per-capita rankings for metro regions along the Mississippi River.

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The Circle K Bamble location in Norway is one of the busiest charging forecourts in the world.
2021 photo courtesy of CNW Group/Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.

The EV marketplace is seemingly everything everywhere all at once. But is your country or region truly ready for electric mobility? Arthur D Little last August released the 2022 update of its “BEV Readiness Study,” first carried out in 2018. The only country to be fully EV ready? Norway.

“Norway leads in EV adoption with a score of 115 in the 2022 ADL Global Electric Mobility Readiness Index (GEMRIX 2022),” said ADL of a country where Quebec-based Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. and its global brand Circle K in 2021 had established a high-speed charging network with more than 500 chargers on its forecourts. “Next come the Ambitious Followers — China, Germany, UK, and Singapore — where all prerequisites for EV mobility are in place and EVs are on the verge of becoming mainstream. These countries are followed by the Emerging EV Markets: U.S., Japan, UAE and Thailand. Here, EVs are still inferior to cars with an internal combustion engine (ICE), even though customers are becoming more comfortable with the idea of EVs as infrastructure is ramping up. Lastly, the Starters — Mexico, India, Brazil, Indonesia, Vietnam, and South Africa — have just entered the game and face major challenges in costs and infrastructure.”

A search for the phrase “electric vehicle” in the Conway Projects Database reveals 398 qualified projects with some connection to EVs (from installing charging stations at an office to making vehicles or batteries themselves) since 2015. The gradual increase goes from 32 projects in 2015-2016 (many in China) to 22 projects in 2017, 29 in 2018, 34 projects in 2019, 46 in 2020, and then a sudden jump to 104 projects in 2021 and 130 last year.

An EV maker from one of those Starter countries — Vietnam — just invested last year in one of the Emerging EV Markets (the U.S.) with a major foothold in North Carolina. The U.S. ramp-up also got a major power boost this week as the U.S. Postal Service awarded contracts for a major BEV purchase as well as initial orders for more than 14,000 charging stations to be deployed at its facilities. “Overall, the Postal Service’s total investment in vehicles is expected to reach $9.6 billion, including $3 billion from Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) funds,” said a release from the USPS, noting a commitment to purchase 9,250 Ford E-Transit Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs), manufactured at Ford’s Claycomo plant in Kansas City, Missouri. Watch for the latest on EVs, ICE and other project news in the North American Automotive story in the May 2023 issue of Site Selection. — Adam Bruns




Robust in the Rockies

Colorado’s environment for doing business is as healthy as its growing populace.

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AstraZeneca this week announced it is bringing 500 scientific jobs to the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) in a major expansion of its research footprint in Canada at its Research & Development Hub in Mississauga, which focuses on leading global clinical studies in areas including breast, lung and prostate cancer, COVID-19, and chronic kidney disease. It also includes the creation of a new Alexion, AstraZeneca Rare Disease Development Hub, which focuses on rare disease research. The company said the decision to invest in Canada, and Ontario specifically, is a testament to the network of world-class universities, hospitals, and research centers in the GTA and southern Ontario, and the diverse scientific talent pool that exists in the region. “AstraZeneca values the Ontario government's recent introduction of the province's first-ever life sciences strategy, as well as its commitment to grow the biomanufacturing footprint in the province and foster local innovation to improve healthcare,” the company said. The Mississauga-based R&D Hub already has doubled in size since 2019 and is currently leading more than 120 oncology and biopharmaceutical global clinical studies, involving patients in 50+ countries.

Source: Conway Projects Report


In February Vireo Resources and the community of Plattsmouth celebrated the grand opening of the first creatine production facility in the United States. The Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) and the City of Plattsmouth supported the project with $1 million of funding through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program. The Tennessee-based company first came to Nebraska in 2008, “attracted by Nebraska’s business-friendly climate and outstanding academic institutions,” says a release from the state. “Vireo has had great success partnering with Nebraska researchers, commercializing technologies developed with the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) in collaboration with UNeMed, the technology transfer office at UNMC.” Currently, the majority of creatine products available in the U.S. come from China. Vireo licensed a UNMC patent related to its production of Creatine HCl. Vireo’s growth in Plattsmouth has also been aided by the Economic Opportunity Program (EOP) through the Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT). The EOP Program helps local communities attract jobs and private capital investment by providing grants to assist with first-mile/last-mile connections to Nebraska’s statewide transportation system. NDOT approved $322,586 to help the City of Plattsmouth fund construction of a roadway to Vireo’s industrial campus.

Source: Conway Projects Report



Site of the Week
From the January Issue

Connexial Center

Laurens County, South Carolina, is brimming with commercial and industrial potential along nearby Interstate I-85, recently referred to as “the Main Street of the New South.” The county’s newest industrial park, the Connexial Center, is in close proximity to I-85, I-26, and I-385 industrial corridor, which provides access to the most efficient port on the East Coast as well as Interstate and rail connecting to more than 100 million consumers in a day’s drive.

One of seven in Laurens County, the Connexial Center is a Class A industrial park with 450 developable acres of prime industrial property ready for investment, development, and growth. All utilities — including transmission and substation — onsite. And all due diligence has been completed, providing an efficient path for companies looking to move operations forward, faster. In addition, the current Laurens County workforce consists of over 468,000 people within a 45-minute drive time radius.
For more information, visit www.growlaurenscounty.com.



The full Digital Edition of the 2023 Kentucky Economic Development Guide is now available. Inside, find our cover story on the commonwealth’s bourbon boom; an in-depth conversation with Governor Andy Beshear; insights into the automotive/EV, metals, logistics, ag & food and manufacturing sectors; and profiles of state innovation hub, higher education, IP protection and site development programs, among other coverage.

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John Magness

As reported by several sources, John Magness, a Desert Storm veteran and the Hillwood senior vice president who helped lead the redevelopment of Norton Air Force Base in San Bernardino County, perished in February during a mountain climbing expedition in Argentina, the “Aconcagua Challenge” to raise funds and awareness for Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund, a Virginia-based organization “providing scholarships to veterans & military family members, especially to children of our nation's fallen or disabled.” See this link for more information about him and the Johnny Mac mission, and this story for a profile of Magness’ life and career. Site Selection’s Ron Starner checked in with John Magness a number of times over the past decade as growth continues in the area he helped pioneer as an e-commerce and logistics capital.


JetBlue CEO Robin Hayes speaks at the JFK Terminal 6 groundbreaking event held at the airline's JFK hangar.
Photo courtesy of the Office of the Governor of New York

New airport terminals were in the news this week. First (pictured), JetBlue joined New York Governor Kathy Hochul and others to celebrate the groundbreaking of a $4.2 billion project to develop a new international Terminal 6 at John F. Kennedy International Airport by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. “It was 23 years ago that JetBlue launched our first flights from our home at JFK, eventually growing and taking over our modern Terminal 5 and now sending customers to more than 80 destinations, including London and soon Paris,” said Robin Hayes, CEO of JetBlue. “As we move JFK into the future with a new, state-of-the-art, customer-focused facility, we are so pleased to have an opportunity to expand our presence with new gates in a new terminal. With hiring ongoing throughout the company, more than 7,000 JetBlue crewmembers are now based at JFK, the airline said.

Meanwhile, in the Midwest this week, a ribbon-cutting was held on February 27 and a ceremonial “water salute” greeted the first arriving flight in Kansas City at a series of events long awaited by the business community: the grand opening of a new 40-gate central terminal to replace Kansas City International Airport’s now-obsolete semicircular satellite terminals layout, which debuted just over 50 years ago. At just over 1 million sq. ft. and a budget of $1.5 billion, the new terminal is the largest single infrastructure project in the city’s history, a release from the City of Kansas City, Missouri, stated. “This terminal is a new front door to the people of Kansas City, to everyone in our region, in Missouri and Kansas. We are on time, in fact a day early, and on budget,” said Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas. “Because of this project thousands of Missourians and Kansans have gotten jobs and built new careers. Because of this project we will bring millions, if not billions, of dollars in new economic development to Missouri and Kansas.”