Site Selection Names Top Territories for Infrastructure, Top U.S. Utilities in Economic Development and Canada's Best Locations
Atlanta, September 2, 2021: Canada, Australia and Costa Rica lead the way globally — and Texas, Louisiana and Virginia lead U.S. states — when it comes to the powerful blend of infrastructure project investment and corporate facility investment over the past several years. These are among the locations ranked in the fourth annual Global Groundwork Index , published in the September 2021 issue of Site Selection magazine. (See full lists below.) The one-of-a-kind index combines proprietary data from Conway Analytics’ Conway Projects Database with an equally robust database of more than 4,000 infrastructure projects from global infrastructure advisory and events firm CG/LA, analyzing them by capital expenditure and job creation on a cumulative and per-capita basis.
The Global Groundwork Index identifies where billions of dollars in corporate facility activity intersect with billions of dollars in roads, bridges, airports, tunnels, pipelines, utilities, railroads and other major infrastructure projects to “lay the literal groundwork for prosperity,” says Adam Bruns, managing editor of Site Selection, who worked to produce the report in concert with Conway Data Director of Programming and Analytics Daniel Boyer and Editorial Database Manager Karen Medernach.
The Index also features commentary from CG/LA President Norman Anderson, author of “Vision: Our Strategic Infrastructure Map Forward,” about what he calls “the coming Strategic Infrastructure SuperCycle.” As he writes in the September issue, “Infrastructure is quickly moving from the underpinning of business and social productivity to the brains of the economy — the essential matrix for economic and social productivity and innovation.”
Top Utilities in Economic Development
“The elite Top 20 we named this year earned the honor amid a field of around 3,300 electric utilities across the country, including around 900 cooperatives,” says Managing Editor Adam Bruns of the rankings Site Selection has published since 1999. “Like the power they generate, their robust economic development teams and programs are well distributed throughout the country. And like the communities they serve, they have demonstrated profound perseverance, ingenuity and a spirit of service over the past 18 months during the pandemic.”
Canada’s Best Locations
“The annual Canada’s Best Locations feature sheds additional light on Canada’s many location options for corporate site selectors," says Mark Arend, editor in chief of Site Selection. "We salute the provinces and communities that made this year’s rankings.”
The new issue of Site Selection also includes stories on remote work; e-commerce and logistics; industrial land use in Vietnam; innovative urban Eds & Meds developments; transit, connectivity & quality of life; the offshore wind opportunities in the Mid-Atlantic and North Carolina; and where location consultants in the Southeast like to locate themselves. Read spotlights on California, Texas, Pennsylvania, Arkansas, Nevada, Idaho, Massachusetts and the Upper Midwest. In addition to the Duke Energy Investment Report, the issue also includes Site Selection Investment Profiles about San Bernardino County, California; Enterprise Florida; Indiana Municipal Power; Maryland; Consumers Energy; Abilene, Texas; Hoosier Energy and San Joaquin County, California.
2021 Global Groundwork Index Rankings
Top 20 U.S. States
2021 Top Utilities In Economic Development (alphabetical order)
2021 Canadian Competitiveness Rankings
2021 Canada's Best Locations (alphabetical order by region)
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