From the May Issue


Credentials Count

One credential at a time, California’s community colleges are doing their part to raise the state’s education attainment levels and close gaps in equity.

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From the September Issue


North American Reports

Quick-hitting stories update you on German FDI in the U.S.; Texas Instruments’ $11 billion bet on Utah; reshoring to Mexico (or not); Nova Scotia’s hydrogen hub; FlexCold’s plans in the Palmetto State; and more billions from Tesla in Nevada.

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From the May Issue


The Korean Connection

Read this Digital Edition account of Georgia’s blossoming relationship with South Korean manufacturers, including the inside scoop on Hyundai’s $5.5 billion metaplant.

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Click here to visit this navigable and zoom-able map of OZs across the United States developed by Esri.
Map courtesy of HUD and Esri

Two new reports are out about the Opportunity Zone program. The first, “Examining the Latest Multi-Year Evidence on the Scale and Effects of Opportunity Zones Investment,” comes from Economic Innovation Group, which itself cites the findings of a paper by U.S. Department of the Treasury economists David Coyne and Craig Johnson titled “Use of the Opportunity Zone Tax Incentive: What the Tax Data Tell Us” and another working paper by University of California-Berkeley economist Harrison Wheeler, “Locally Optimal Place-Based Policies: Evidence from Opportunity Zones,” based on research around building permits data.

Among the findings EIG pulled from the reports:

  • OZ investment reached approximately 3,800 communities from mid-2018 through 2020, representing nearly half (48%) of the total number of designated OZ communities nationwide. By comparison, “it took 18 years for New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) investments to reach an equivalent number of communities,” says EIG. The Treasury paper also points out that “over 97%of OZs are also eligible for the NMTC-funded investment and using the 2011-2015 ACS, almost 25% of NMTC low-income communities are also an OZ.”
  • Total OZ equity investment was at least $48 billion by the end of 2020, raised from roughly 21,000 individual and 4,000 corporate OZ investors and deployed into 7,800 Qualified Opportunity Funds.
  • OZ designation caused a “large and immediate” increase in new commercial and residential development activity such that the likelihood of investment in a given month jumped by over 20% in designated tracts across 47 studied cities.
  • “In addition to boosting the supply of housing, OZ designations improved local home values by 3.4% from 2017 to 2020 with no observed increase in rents.”

The Urban Institute offers its own summary of ongoing OZ research, citing the works above and a number of others. Novogradac released its latest summary of OZs and Qualified Opportunity Funds activity earlier this year. And finally, Good Jobs First maintains an ongoing web page of OZ news in its efforts to provoke more transparency in the program. -Adam Bruns




Kentucky’s EV Ecosystem Begins to Take Shape

One secret to being green? A material known as black mass.

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Among BentallGreenOak’s signature properties is 150 King West, a 28-story LEED-Platinum modernist classic in the heart of Toronto’s financial district.

Photo courtesy of BentallGreenOak

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy this week announced the 220 winners of the 2023 ENERGY STAR Awards (click on the organization name to learn full details on their accomplishments). The honorees hail from 37 states and include organizations from Fortune 500 companies to schools, utilities and building owners and operators. Among the award winners are such organizations as Entergy Texas, Electrolux, Koch Industries and Rheem Manufacturing Company. They also include The Building Owners and Management Association (BOMA) International and global real estate investment management advisor and real estate services provider BentallGreenOak (BGO), which earned the highest level of EPA recognition (Partner of the Year—Sustained Excellence) for the 13th consecutive year through such measures as energy management programs that have resulted in collective savings of 43.5 million equivalent kWh of electricity, avoiding $6.12 million in utility costs.

BGO achieved ENERGY STAR certification for 66 buildings across its office, industrial and multifamily residential portfolios. “ENERGY STAR energy benchmarking has played an important role in informing and improving our ESG strategy over the last 13 years,” said BGO President Amy Price. “Our ESG approach addresses both value creation and risk mitigation, and that navigating the challenges of climate change, escalating energy costs, shifting regulatory policies, and evolving tenant demands, impact the future performance of our real estate assets. BGO believes that our success with ESG not only benefits our communities but is an important factor to delivering successful outcomes for our clients.”




Clean as a Whistle

How cleantech jobs are transforming the economy of the Centennial State.

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Site of the Week
From the January Issue

Speculative Building Developments Continue

In response to industry needs, multiple speculative building developments are underway in South Carolina’s northeastern region as a result of proactive effort from various counties.

Two speculative buildings are already available, including a 100,000-sq.-ft. building in Pageland, South Carolina, and a county-owned 50,000-sq.-ft. building in Marlboro County. Construction is underway for a 100,000-sq.-ft. speculative building along a CSX-operated rail line in Scranton, South Carolina; a 117,000 sq.-ft. speculative building in Florence, South Carolina; and a 99,000-sq.-ft. building in Conway, South Carolina.

There is no doubt these buildings will not be available for long due to soaring demand and the region’s ideal location along the East Coast, located halfway between New York and Miami along the I-95 corridor, and its direct access to the Port of Charleston via Inland Port Dillon.

To learn more, contact NESA at info@nesasc.org or 843-661-4669.




Oregon-based ENTEK last week announced this megaproject in Terre Haute. The only U.S.-owned and U.S.-based producer of “wet-process” lithium-ion battery separator materials, ENTEK will establish operations on a 350-acre greenfield site in the Vigo County Industrial Park I, where it plans to initially construct four buildings covering 1.4 million sq. ft. and equipped with equipment built at current ENTEK manufacturing facilities in Oregon and Nevada and including specialty biaxial stretching equipment supplied by Brueckner Group USA to manufacture battery separators for lithium-ion battery manufacturers across the United States. “We chose Terre Haute for many reasons,” said Larry Keith, ENTEK’s CEO, “including the excellent workforce opportunity, the incredible support provided by Steve Witt and the Economic Development Corporation, a nearly shovel ready construction site with available utilities located in an industrial park, excellent vocational education, and the business-friendly incentives from both the state and local governments.” Watch for more from ENTEK’s team and others on how this project came to be in the North American Automotive feature in the May 2023 issue of Site Selection.

Source: Conway Projects Report


This week Canada’s Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry Hon. François-Philippe Champagne announced a C$36 million contribution through the Strategic Innovation Fund (SIF) to Ottawa-based Ranovus Inc. to support a C$100 million project that “aims to develop the highest performing and most power-efficient technologies for interconnect computer chips for next-generation artificial intelligence work,” said a federal government release. “The computing power for training artificial intelligence systems has grown by 300,000 times over the past five years, based on the recent OpenAI study,” said Ranovus Chairman and CEO Hamid Arabzadeh. “To support this unprecedented growth, thousands of computer chips must be interconnected with massive data pipes to create an artificial intelligence cluster.” “With this contribution, Ranovus will also increase its highly skilled workforce in Canada to 200 full-time employees and provide opportunities to 150 Canadian co-op students,” the government stated. “This contribution is part of the Government of Canada’s intellectual property (IP) rich initiative, ensuring that innovative, IP-rich firms are grown into world leaders. This will help accelerate Ranovus’s development of IP in Canada, as this project is expected to produce 40 new patents.” In February 2022, the Government of Canada launched the Semiconductor Challenge Callout, a $150 million allocation from SIF to bolster the development and manufacturing of semiconductors in Canada.

Source: Conway Projects Report




Site Selection Executive Vice President Ron Starner made this photo along the St. Johns River in Palatka, Florida, yesterday as he visits to deliver remarks today to the Putnam County Economic Development Council. Among the redevelopment projects being pursued by the City of Palatka is the St. Johns River Wetlands Center, a joint effort between the city and Georgia-Pacific’s Palatka Pulp and Paper Operations that will focus on the wetlands areas associated with the St. Johns River system. In addition to its quality of life advantages, among Putnam County’s assets are its three Opportunity Zones.