Wayne County has been named the third highest performing micropolitan areas in the country for new business growth in 2016 by Site Selection magazine, holding its place for a second consecutive year.
The Wayne County micropolitan area is the only one among 576 in the country to finish in the Top Ten for an unprecedented 11 years. It has been among the top four for eight consecutive years. It is one of only three micropolitan areas in the country to be named to the list each year since the rankings began in 2001.
Wayne Economic Development Council president Rod Crider attributes the strong showings to a focused, consistent effort that produces results. “Our first appearance among the top micros occurred the year after we began the “Growing a Quality Future” campaign for economic development in 2005, he said. “It demonstrates that a focused initiative with measurable goals and collaboration between the public and private sectors can be extremely impactful,” said Crider. “Our investors and leadership are to be commended for their commitment to economic development and business expansion,” said Crider.
“Our perennial finish among the top micropolitan areas also demonstrates the diverse group of high-performing businesses we are fortunate to have across Wayne County, Crider continued. “Communities across Wayne County provide excellent investment options for businesses seeking to relocate or expand and a very high quality of life that you might not expect to find in a non-metro, agricultural area,” he concluded.
The Top Micropolitan rankings are part of the Governor’s Cup awards given by Site Selection magazine. It annually ranks such regions across the country based upon new investment and jobs announced in the previous year. This recognition is considered to be the most prestigious award economic development.