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NOVEMBER’S TRISTATE TALKING NEWS – REGIONAL, NATIONAL AND GLOBAL SNAPSHOTS

YOUR NOVEMBER 2021 NEWS BULLETIN BRIEF FROM THE…
KENTUCKY
GE APPLIANCES TO CREATE 1,000 NEW JOBS IN KENTUCKY WITH $450 MILLION INVESTMENT:
GE Appliances announced plans Thursday to add more than 1,000 jobs at its sprawling Kentucky operations as part of a $450 million investment to boost capacity and launch new products.
The Kentucky-based home appliances business did not offer specifics about its new product plans but signaled that part of the investment would be pumped into laundry, dishwasher and refrigeration lines at its Louisville production complex — known as Appliance Park.
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TOYOTA ANNOUNCES $461 MILLION INVESTMENT IN KENTUCKY PLANT: Toyota is investing $461 million into its first U.S. plant to add new technology, increase production flexibility and reduce its carbon footprint, the company said Friday in a statement. The announcement didn’t include new jobs at the central Kentucky facility, but officials said 1,400 temporary jobs would be converted into permanent positions in an effort to improve recruiting, retain top talent and provide a more inclusive work environment.
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TENNESSEE
FORD TO LEAD AMERICA’S SHIFT TO ELECTRIC VEHICLES WITH NEW MEGA CAMPUS IN TENNESSEE AND TWIN BATTERY PLANTS IN KENTUCKY; $11.4B INVESTMENT TO CREATE 11,000 JOBS AND POWER NEW LINEUP OF ADVANCED EVS: Ford Motor Company is announcing plans to bring electric vehicles at scale to American customers with two new massive, environmentally and technologically advanced campuses in Tennessee and Kentucky that will produce the next generation of electric F-Series trucks and the batteries to power future electric Ford and Lincoln vehicles.Ford plans to make the largest ever U.S. investment in electric vehicles at one time by any automotive manufacturer and, together with its partner, SK Innovation, plans to invest $11.4 billion and create nearly 11,000 new jobs at the Tennessee and Kentucky mega-sites, strengthening local communities and building on Ford’s position as America’s leading employer of hourly autoworkers.
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65 ACRES IN NORTH NASHVILLE TRANSFORMING INTO $2.5 BILLION WATERFRONT NEIGHBORHOOD – NASHVILLE-DAVIDSON, TENNESSEE: a major plan for large-scale development in northwestern Nashville facing the Cumberland River has been announced. The “Riverside” plan transforms 65 acres away from Trinity Lane into a $ 2.5 billion multipurpose district with residential, office, restaurant and shopping spaces.Ewing Properties has a riverside partnership with award-winning global architectural, design and engineering companies Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM).
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WEST VIRGINIA
ECONOMIC RECOVERY STRONG FOR NORTH CENTRAL WEST VIRGINIA, BUT THERE’S STILL WORK TO BE DONE: West Virginia’s unofficial chief economist offers a mix of good and bad news for the economic outlook for North Central West Virginia. In his research, John Deskins, director of West Virginia University’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research, compared past economic performance with the condition of the region’s economy since the pandemic.
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PIPELINE INFRASTRUCTURE UNLOCKS WEST VIRGINIA’S ENERGY POTENTIAL: West Virginia is an energy powerhouse, and it’s no secret the work we do here keeps the lights on across our country and throughout the world. In fact, natural gas production has grown 770 percent over the past decade – thanks to the advances in hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling technologies – edging the Mountain State up to be the nation’s fifth largest energy producer. But without modern pipeline infrastructure, there’s no way to move energy from where it’s produced to where it’s needed.
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A SNAPSHOT OF WHAT’S HAPPENING NATIONALLY!
EXELON ANNOUNCES $36 MILLION EQUITY FUND TO SUPPORT MINORITY-OWNED BUSINESS GROWTH: Racial Equity Capital Fund will provide needed capital to help minority-owned businesses create jobs and expand in communities served by Exelon’s utilities
business, which owns six electric and gas utilities serving more than 10 million customers, announced today it has created a $36 million fund to support minority-owned businesses in the communities it serves. The launch of the Racial Equity Capital Fund will help minority businesses obtain capital to fuel growth and spur job opportunities in under-served and under-resourced communities often overlooked by investors and traditional funding sources
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B-SCHOOL CLASSES ARE BECOMING MORE DIVERSE. THE FACULTY, NOT SO MUCH: Business schools can’t stop talking about diversity these days. Every institution, it seems, has issued thoughtful statements or disclosed ambitious plans around advancing racial equity. But when asked to disclose the diversity of their professors, an uncomfortable silence ensues.
Some simply don’t know. Others might know, but won’t say. A few skew the results by including visiting staff or lecturers in addition to the tenured and tenure-track faculty that really matter. When the numbers are available, they’re abysmal. Which raises the question: How can American B-schools prepare an increasingly diverse student body to succeed in an increasingly multicultural society with teachers who are anything but?
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SPECIAL FEATURE STORIES FROM AROUND THE WORLD!
  • AUTONOMOUS DRONE NETWORKS ARE A FASTER ROUTE TO SUSTAINABLE SUPPLY CHAINS:
  • New forms of infrastructure are needed to relieve over-burdened and unsustainable supply chains.
  • In Rwanda and Virginia, US, drone-based logistics networks have proved their efficiency and sustainability.
  • Using drones alongside existing logistics system will increase supply chain resiliency.
The combination of the COVID-19 pandemic and worsening climate change have strained supply chains past their breaking point, and the challenge of resiliency and access to life-critical goods is more important than ever. Supply chains all over the world are failing under the weight of increasing demand, limiting access to goods and services
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IF THE WORLD IS SERIOUS ABOUT SUSTAINABILITY, IT MUST EMBARK ON A NEW ERA OF GLOBAL LAW:
  • We are entering the Anthropocene era with an outdated international governance framework.
  • A new phase of global law is needed that includes the institutions and mechanisms for achieving a sustainable world system.
  • The new global sustainability framework would be broken down into six key segments.
Our civilization is entering an era of seismic changes, challenges and opportunities. Many call it the Anthropocene, an unofficial unit of geologic time, used to describe the most recent period in Earth’s history when human activity started to have a significant impact on the planet’s climate and ecosystems. The driver of these changes is a new phase of globalization and technological progress with a tremendous impact on our ecosystem.
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