How States Lure the Big Fish
14 Mar 2022
Governors Greg Abbott of Texas and Laura Kelly of Kansas are covered extensively in this issue as the winners of the 2021 Governors’ Cups — the former for total qualified capital investment projects last year and the latter for total per capita projects. The governors of the other ranking states in these facilities races also deserve recognition. All governors are their states’ main salesmen and women when it comes to landing the transformative projects that add billions of dollars to their economies and create hundreds or thousands of jobs.
Quite a few such projects have been announced in recent months, many of which are the largest private investments in the history of the state they picked. These include Texas Instruments in Texas ($30 billion); Rivian Automotive in Georgia ($5 billion), with new developments addressed in this issue’s Georgia Spotlight; Toyota in North Carolina ($1.3 billion); and Ford’s BlueOval SK Battery Park in Kentucky ($5.8 billion).