For the seventh consecutive year, Findlay, Ohio has been ranked the top micropolitan community in the United States 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 that cover at least one county. Rankings are based on qualified projects meeting one or more of three criteria: $1 MM or more invested, 20 or more jobs created, or 20,000 or more square feet constructed.
“Winning seven years in a row validates the strength of our existing office, manufacturing and logistics base,” said Tim Mayle, Director of Economic Development. “Each year our prime directive is assisting local companies as they seek to grow. The majority of qualifying projects come from companies continuing to hire employees, expand facilities and invest in machinery and equipment.”
Findlay is intentional about business development. “My office works every day with business stakeholders to position Findlay to be as competitive as possible. As we invest and expand existing business, we will continue to attract new world-class companies,” said Christina Muryn, Mayor-City of Findlay.
Findlay•Hancock County Economic Development focused again on residential development in 2020. “The County Commissioners are vigorous supporters of business but no more so than assisting our expanding workforce. One of the best ways to do this is via business-friendly residential development thus encouraging employees to not only work here but also live here. We continue to build. Multiple residential projects are in the pipeline for 2021,” said Timothy Bechtol, County Commissioner. Note: Residential development projects do not qualify for the Site Selection Top Micropolitan award.
Findlay•Hancock County Economic Development will continue to attract automotive supply chain and high-tech logistics investment in 2021. “Findlay’s central location and progressive business environment give us a strategic advantage,” said Mayle.