Recognized Nationally for Project Development
Selection Magazine Places Area Near The top for Micropolitans
March 14, 2012
COUNTY - The Greenville Micropolitan area has been recognized again as
the top areas in the country for development of business projects. Site Selection Magazine,
the premier national
economic development publication, placed Greenville 21st out of 576
areas in the country for 2011. Greenville
was unranked in 2009 and was 41st in 2010. The rankings are based on
company projects that met specific criteria for capital investment and
rise is a testament to how well our local companies weathered the
how well Partnering for Progress has performed assisting company’s
commented Darke County Economic Development Director Marc Saluk. “There
tremendous public-private participation occurring in Darke County.”
area’s success helped the entire State of Ohio win the magazine’s award
state level as Ohio edged Texas to win the 2011 Governor’s cup.
the number one job creator in the Midwest in 2011 and number nine in
States,” says Mark Kvamme, president of JobsOhio. “In 2010, we were
47th in job
creation in the United States. The governor built the cabinet and
group that was solely focused on job creation.” All five top states,
others, recorded substantial increases in new plant activity for 2011,
magazine’s project database focuses on new corporate location projects
significant impact. It does not track retail and government projects,
schools and hospitals. New facilities and expansions included in the
must meet at least one of three criteria: (a) involve a capital
at least US $1 million, (b) create at least 50 new jobs or (c) add at
20,000 sq. ft. (1,858 sq. m.) of new floor area.
Selection Governor’s Cup, a 58-year-old Atlanta-based company, has
these rankings annually since 1978. The yearly analyses are regarded by
corporate real estate analysts as “the industry scoreboard.” The
circulation base consists of 44,000 executives involved in corporate
selection decisions, most at the CEO/President/COO level.
State’s 498-project finish for 2011 is up substantially from its 376
logged in 2010, which put Ohio behind Texas in the last contest. Texas
second this time around with 464 projects, followed by Pennsylvania
North Carolina (310) and Virginia (273). Key to Ohio’s resurgence has
implementation of a business-like approach to economic development at
level, launched in February 2011 when newly elected Gov. John Kasich
JobsOhio, a public-private partnership that privatizes the development
of the Ohio Dept. of Development.
the part of capital investors to get busy with expansion plans in
in many cases, to move operations back to the U.S.
“Ohio’s comeback is impressive, with a
better-than-30-percent increase over its performance in the last
facilities race,” says Mark Arend, editor in chief of Site Selection.
state’s new approach to working with businesses to locate and expand in
will serve it well as more companies bring operations back to the U.S.