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FROM SITE SELECTION MAGAZINE, JULY 2023 ISSUE


OKLAHOMA

Tulsa Is Reinventing Itself

From advanced mobility to solar, investments by the federal government are hitting home.


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NEWS DIGEST

North American Reports

Alexis Elmore delivers updates about bioMérieux in Philly; Ternium in Nuevo León, Mexico; more from Hyundai in Georgia; Space Force HQ in Florida; Nucor in Indiana; and the Middle Mile broadband investment program across the U.S.


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Solar panel use as well as manufacturing is expanding in Southeast Asia.

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The U.S. Department of Commerce on Friday issued final determinations in the circumvention inquiries of solar cells and modules from the People’s Republic of China. “Commerce found that certain Chinese producers are shipping their solar products through Cambodia, Malaysia, Thailand, and/or Vietnam for minor processing in an attempt to avoid paying antidumping and countervailing duties,” the department said, naming BYD Hong Kong and New East Solar as circumventing in Cambodia; Canadian Solar and Trina Solar as circumventing in Thailand; and Vina Solar (owned by China-based LONGi Green Energy Technology) as circumventing in Vietnam. Among those ruled as NOT circumventing were Boviet Solar (part of Boway Alloy) in Vietnam; and both Jinko Solar and South Korea–based Hanwha Q CELLS in Malaysia. Site Selection in July 2022 analyzed the project investment footprint of some of these solar companies. Qcells is investing billions of dollars and creating thousands of jobs at manufacturing sites in northwest Georgia. A Korea Economic Daily report today notes that the company is expected to realize a significant windfall from the ruling, which will add more import tariffs to products from the companies deemed to be circumventing.



MISSISSIPPI DEVELOPMENT GUIDE 2023

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Photo courtesy of A&G Real Estate Partners

Since going to a virtual, national model and an environmentally focused curriculum and relocating to New Gloucester, Maine, about 90 minutes further south and closer to Portland, the former Unity College (now Unity Environmental University) is offering for purchase its 225-acre “secondary teaching location” in Unity, Maine. The property is being marketed by A&G Real Estate Partners. “The Quaker Hill Road property represents an extraordinary opportunity for a wide array of potential users,” said Dr. Melik Peter Khoury, president of the university, in a release earlier this month. Its unique assets include an off-the-grid house with solar panels, a dorm that runs on biomass, a heritage livestock barn and a public library.

“The University is bucking the trend of distress in higher education in a remarkable way,” said Emilio Amendola, co-president of A&G. “It is operating in the black, launching new degree programs, and has grown from 600 to more than 7,500 students in just a few years, with projections of 10,000 students by 2025. This summer, it welcomed about 1,000 new full-time students — its largest-ever incoming class.” Noting the property’s strong potential for senior housing, Amendola said there are other possibilities too: “The bucolic setting makes it the perfect place for a camp, spiritual retreat or recreational center, and the high-speed internet access and well-equipped science labs also offer the possibility of a remote research facility. It's quite a mix.”