Always a bridesmaid: Ohio ranks second again in economic-development ranking, but shines overall

Written on Mar 08, 2018

Texas may have taken the overall top spot in the most recent Governor’s Cup rankings from Site Selection magazine, but the Buckeye State continues to show it offers the full package when it comes to business attraction and growth.

According to Site Selection's Governor's Cup 2017 rankings, Ohio earned the No. 2 spot overall for total projects for the fourth consecutive year and was third in projects per capita, making Ohio the only state to place in the top three of both categories.

Cincinnati and Columbus both placed in the top 10 list for Tier 1 Metros (population over 1 million). Akron, Dayton and Toledo earned top 10 rankings as well in the Tier 2 Metros category (population between 200,000 and 1 million).

Smaller markets are also big opportunities for businesses. Ohio micropolitans, defined as cities of 10,000 to 50,000 people, earned 18 spots in the Top 100 Micropolitans. For the fourth consecutive year, editors named Findlay the No. 1 overall micropolitan, with Wooster, Ashland and Tiffin all placing in the top 10 list of top-producing micropolitans. Other Ohio cities named to the Top 100 Micropolitans include, in order of rank: Ashtabula, Celina, Sidney, Norwalk, Bellefontaine, Greenville, Marion, Sandusky, Urbana, Wapakoneta, Cambridge, Portsmouth, Van Wert and Wilmington.

"Companies in a variety of sectors are consistently choosing to invest throughout the entire state of Ohio, regardless of community size," said JobsOhio President and Chief Investment Officer John Minor. "These strong results demonstrate how our close collaboration with state, regional and local partners helps us to better deliver Ohio's valuable assets to help businesses thrive."

Site Selection has awarded the Governor's Cup annually since 1988 to the state with the most new and expanded corporate facilities as tracked by Conway Data Inc.'s New Plant Database. To see a full list of the Site Selection honorees, visit www.SiteSelection.com.

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