TOLEDO, Ohio – Northwest Ohio made a dramatic statement with its showing in the annual Site Selector Governor’s Cup awards.
Five cities within the 17-county Northwest Ohio footprint were ranked among the best nationally based on number of business development projects. Most notably was Findlay, which ranked No. 1 in the country among micropolitans – cities of 10,000-50,000 people.
“Findlay-Hancock County is proud to be ranked the top micropolitan community in the United States and to have contributed to Ohio’s success,” said Tony Iriti, Findlay-Hancock County economic development director. “With the ongoing efforts of our community’s business and public sector leaders as well as our economic development partners and regional workforce we will continue to see great results.
Other regional “micros” to make the list included Fremont and Van Wert, which tied at #23 among the top 100 micropolitans and Tiffin which finished at #42. Among mid-size metro areas (populations between 200,000-1 million), the city of Toledo finished 7th nationally.
Regional Growth Partnership President Dean Monske noted that a continuously improving business climate across Ohio combined with a proactive outreach program to key site location decision makers is paying direct dividends.
“This recognition for Northwest Ohio is a testament to the strength of our regional assets and the outstanding collaboration among economic development partners to ensure the continued growth of our region,” Monske said.
The success of these Northwest Ohio communities helped the state of Ohio to a second-place ranking for top states in the country.
“Our consistent high ranking shows that more job creators are learning what we have known all along – Ohio is a premier place to live, work and do business,” said JobsOhio President and Chief Investment Officer John Minor.
The Regional Growth Partnership is a private, nonprofit economic development group dedicated to fostering local, national and international business investment opportunities in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan.
JobsOhio is the state’s private economic development entity created to lead Ohio’s job creation efforts. The RGP serves as Northwest Ohio’s network partner for JobsOhio.