Findlay•Hancock County Economic Development
Top Micropolitan Three Years Running
(FINDLAY, OH, March, 2017)— For the third consecutive year, Findlay, Ohio has been ranked the top micropolitan community in the U.S. for new and expanding facilities by Site Selection magazine, the official publication of the Global FDI Association and the Industrial Asset Management Council. The magazine ranked 575 of the nation’s micropolitan areas, cities of 10,000 to 50,000 people which cover at least one county. Since 2000, very few small towns in America have ranked in the top 10 at least 11 times. Findlay is one of them.
“Findlay-Hancock County continues to be proud to rank the top micropolitan community in the United States again for 2016,” said Tim Mayle, 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.”
The Findlay•Hancock County Economic Development Office compiled and submitted 22 projects that met Site Selection’s qualifying criteria. The expansion of existing industries yielded a total investment of $127 million in 2016. The investments from the national headquarters for both Marathon Petroleum and Cooper Tire contributed $101 million. “We like to see smart growth,” said Mayle, “We look for companies that have a history of success that fit within the sectors that we know we’re strong in, companies we think have an opportunity to grow over time at the kind of rate that our community can handle.” Companies like Nissin Brake have grown over the last 25 years from businesses with 100 employees, to over 1,070 by 2016.
“Hancock County has made amazing progress in the last few years,” said Findlay Mayor, Lydia Mihalik. “Being named the nation’s top micropolitan community for the third straight year clearly demonstrates that collaborative efforts are paying off.”
“Our Economic Development team has worked hard to gain momentum in the community, and enhance its focus throughout the region,” said John Haywood, The Findlay•Hancock County Alliance President and CEO. “Thanks to the synergies created with other state and local entities, community partners and businesses, we continue to make Findlay and Hancock County a great place to live, work and play.”
For more information, please contact the Findlay•Hancock County Economic Development Office at 419-422-3313 or visit FindlayHancockED.com.