“The Project: Inside Corporate Location Decisions” looks at a new company every two weeks and shares the “behind the scenes” story of their relocation or expansion. Using an NPR-like format, co-hosts Andy Levine and Patience Fairbrother from Development Counsellors International (DCI) interview both company and community officials to detail the intense competition for jobs and capital investment.
Accenture Federal Services Finds Net New Talent in St. Louis
Amid COVID-19, there is a lot of uncertainty in corporate site selection, particularly around office projects and whether they will move forward more slowly – or not at all. But today’s episode focuses on a company that did not let the pandemic impact its plans for office expansion. Accenture Federal Services announced plans in June 2020 to open an advanced technology center in St. Louis. To get the full story, we spoke with Molly Ketcham, Managing Director, Strategic Planning & Operations at Accenture Federal Services, and Steve Johnson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Alliance STL.
How COVID-19 Is Changing Corporate Location Strategy: New Research From The Site Selectors Guild
Last week, the Site Selectors Guild released the findings of its latest membership survey titled, “How COVID-19 Is Changing Corporate Location Strategy.” The Project hosts had the chance to sit down with Jay Garner, Chair of the Site Selectors Guild and President of Garner Economics, and Rick Weddle, President & CEO of The Guild, to discuss the key findings. Listen in for insights on what percentage of projects are moving forward, industries with the most project activity and the cities best positioned to win projects, according to the world’s foremost site selection consultants.
Microsoft Bets Big On Costa Rica
With more than 150,000 employees and a market value over $1 trillion, Microsoft is one of the largest and most successful tech companies in the world. Microsoft has been in Costa Rica for over 25 years, with their operation averaging between 50-80 staff members. But, just two years ago, they made a big bet on the country, expanding to over 800 employees. To get the full story behind the decision, we spoke with Ineke Geesink, Country Manager and a native of Costa Rica, and Vanessa Gibson, Director of Investment Climate for CINDA, Costa Rica’s investment attraction agency.
The Pivot: Five Economic Development Leaders Share Post-Corona Changes
The current global health crisis is impacting every business and industry – and economic development is no exception. This week on The Project, we interview five economic development leaders from across America about how their organizations are adapting and pivoting to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and help position their communities for recovery. Listen in for insights from Chris Camacho, President and CEO of Greater Phoenix Economic Council; Susan Davenport, Chief Economic Development Officer of Greater Houston Partnership; Tim Giuliani, President and CEO of Orlando Economic Partnership; Cecilia Harry, Chief Economic Development Officer of Colorado Springs Economic Development Corporation; and Victor Hoskins, President and CEO of Fairfax County Economic Development Authority.
Canada’s Largest Food Delivery Network Skips the Relocation, Grows in Winnipeg
In an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19, restaurants and bars across North America are limited to takeout and delivery. As app-to-table dining becomes the new norm, we bring you the story of SkipTheDishes, Canada’s largest food delivery network, and its decision to establish new Canadian headquarters in Winnipeg. While the company considered other markets, including Calgary and Toronto, ultimately, its existing presence in Winnipeg went a long way to solidify the decision to stay. To get the full story, we spoke with Kevin Edwards, CEO of SkipTheDishes, and Dayna Spiring, President and CEO of Economic Development Winnipeg.
Got Milk? Glanbia And Their Partners Invest in $555 Million Dairy Processing Plant In Michigan
St. Johns, Michigan is a small community of just under 8,000 people. A half-billion dollar dairy processing plant is being built here by Glanbia, an Irish nutrition group with operations in 32 countries. The project is a joint venture between Glanbia and their partners Dairy Farmers of America, Select Milk Producers and Proliant Dairy Ingredients.
Expected to open in November 2020, the “Midwest Cheese” plant will employ 290 people and process 8 million pounds of milk every day.
For the company perspective, we interview Glanbia’s senior vice president John Dardis. And for a description of the dozen-plus, state and local entities that were involved in this complex project, we interview Keith Lambert, Vice President of Business Attraction of the Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP).