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Trade & Industry Development Honors 2024 CiCi Award Winners

Mar 29, 2024
Trade & Industry Development, a leading publication dedicated to site selection for businesses, has named the winners of its 2024 Corporate Investment/Community Impact Awards (CiCi Awards).

Trade & Industry Development, a leading publication dedicated to site selection for businesses, has named the winners of its 2024 Corporate Investment/Community Impact Awards (CiCi Awards).

This is the 18th year the publication has honored projects from all over the U.S. that bring extensive capital investment or influential community impact – or both -- to help shape the communities in which they are located, and in which they continue to develop and grow. Trade & Industry Development’s CiCi Awards honor 31 projects — 16 in the “Corporate Investment” category and 15 in the “Community Impact” category. All the winners are projects that were announced in 2023.

“We received a wide variety of applications for this year’s CiCi Awards, and though not all of them won, we enjoyed reading every last one of them,” said Trade & Industry Development Publisher Scott Swoger. “Each application, successful or not, represents growth and expansion for an American community in the form of new jobs, retained jobs, site expansion, economic gains, and a wider tax base that will offer benefits to the entire community. Our final winner’s list of 31 deserving projects is an eclectic mix of high achieving projects at major international corporations as well as smaller, local companies. Every project represents diligent work on the part of the companies, their investors and the economic development agencies that paved the way for the final project go-head, and all their hard work deserves to be recognized. Congratulations to the winners.”

The Corporate Investment winners have all pledged large economic development investments, while the Community Impact winners promise to have a transformational effect on the communities in which they’re located. The 31 award-winning projects involve more than $36 billion in capital investment. The number of direct jobs created exceeds 36,000, with countless more indirect positions associated with these projects.

Each of the 31 winners is featured in Trade & Industry Development’s Q2 issue, which is available now in print and online at

2024 CiCi Corporate Investment Awards

· Toyota, Randolph County, North Carolina

· General Motors, Saint Joseph County, Indiana

· Tesla, Storey County, Nevada

· Starplus Energy LLC, Howard County, Indiana

· Scout Motors, Richland County, South Carolina

· Gotion, Inc., Kankakee County, Illinois

· ENTEK Lithium Separators LLC, Vigo County, Indiana

· Plant Agricultural Systems, Potter and Lubbock Counties, Texas

· QTS Data Centers, York County, South Carolina

· Graphic Packaging International, LLC, McLennan County, Texas

· Canadian Solar US Cell Manufacturing Corp., Clark County, Indiana

· Koura, Iberville Parish, Louisiana

· Meta, Dakota County, Minnesota

· Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky (TMMK), Scott County, Kentucky

· Cosma International of America, Inc./Magna International, Haywood County, Tennessee

· Albemarle Corporation, Chester County, South Carolina

2024 CiCi Awards—Community Impact

· Epsilon Advanced Materials, Brunswick County, North Carolina

· Joby Aviation, Montgomery County, Ohio

· ProKidney, Guilford County, North Carolina

· Huber Engineered Woods, Noxubee County, Mississippi

· Nel Hydrogen, Wayne County, Michigan

· Viega, LLC, Portage County, Ohio

· Bauducco Foods, Pasco County, Florida

· Richardson International, Shelby County, Tennessee

· Samkee Corp., Macon County, Alabama

· Star Scientific, Bernalillo County, New Mexico

· Manner Polymers, Jefferson County, Illinois

· SanMar Corporation, Hanover County, Virginia

· Independence Foods, LLC, Buchanan County, Iowa

· Boogook Georgia, LCC, Macon-Bibb County, Georgia

· The Shops at Sharp End, Boone County, Missouri

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