March 4, 2019

Great News!
Wayne County has been ranked #2 Top Micropolitan in the U.S. by Site Selection Magazine!

Wooster/Wayne micropolitain areas is the only one among 550 in the country to finish in the Top Ten for an unprecedented 13 years since the inception of the rankings in 2001. “Congratulations to the Wayne County community, being recognized as a Top Micro demonstrates to the nation the high quality environment that exists here,” commented WEDC President, Tom Pukys.

Keep up the good work Wayne County!

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January 31, 2019

The 2019 Policom Micropolitan Strength Rankings are out and Wooster/Wayne County’s economic strength ranking holds strong at #5 for the second consecutive year. Demonstrating the strong and long-term trend of improved strength for Wayne County.

POLICOM, an independent economic research firm based in Palm City, FL., publishes the annual ranking of 550 micropolitan areas in the United States. Formulas used to assess economic strength measure how the economy has behaved in the previous year. They take into account the growth and size of the regional economy, changes in business sectors that typically show how much money is flowing into a community, and local trends in welfare and Medicare. The full POLICOM report is available online at

Wayne Economic Development Council President, Tom Pukys, states “the POLICOM Strength Ranking demonstrates that all aspects of Wayne County are working together to create a healthy economy in which to live, work and play. Holding strong at #5 Micropolitian for the second year in a row is a huge accomplishment. All of Wayne County should be very proud, these rankings are indicators of consistent industry growth and strength.”

Pukys believes it is collaboration throughout industry, government and education, as well as, engaged leadership with a ‘can-do attitude’ that have created a strong environment for existing businesses to grow and attract new business.

The 2019 ranking is Wayne County’s second showing as a Top 5 microplitan. POLICOM began compiling the rankings in 2004. Wayne County’s strength ranking has ranged between its current 2019 high of 5th and as low as 200th in 2012. The 2019 ranking places Wayne County as the only Ohio micropolitan in the Top 10 and the strongest performer in the Midwest.

  2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014
Wooster, OH (McrSA) 5 5 34 84 110 112

Wayne County enjoys a well- balanced and diverse economy which creates stability for the area. It is the collective efforts of our public and private leaders that have contributed to the continuous improvement in this strength ranking.

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