Seven Northwest Ohio Communities Ranked Among Best Nationally by Site Selection Magazine

Northwest Ohio made a dramatic statement with its showing in the annual Site Selection Governor’s Cup awards. Seven communities within the 17-county Northwest Ohio footprint were ranked among the best nationally based on number of business development projects.

Prominently, the Toledo Metro ranked No. 7 nationally among communities with populations between 200,000 and 1 million. Lima ranked No. 3 nationally (#2 per capita) for metros with populations less than 200,000. And five “Micropolitans” in Northwest Ohio, those communities with populations between 10,000-50,000, finished in the top 40 among the nation’s 551 micro areas. Findlay ranked No. 1 in the country among micropolitans.

For Findlay, this marks the eighth consecutive year as the No. 1 Micropolitan. Other regional “micros” to make the list included Fremont and Tiffin (both tied at #10), Van Wert (#27), and Defiance (#39).

RGP President and CEO Dean Monske spoke to the credibility of the awards by touting Site Selection magazine as “The Bible” in the economic development world. He added that site consultants, businesses and corporate real estate professionals recognize the significance of these rankings coming from a highly respected publication. Monske also highlighted how the state of Ohio finished No. 2 in the country for total projects.

“This recognition for Northwest Ohio is a testament to the strength of our regional assets and the outstanding collaboration among economic development partners to ensure the continued growth of our region. We compliment all of the communities in our 17-county region for their business-first approach when speaking to companies about expansion or new investment projects.”

– Dean Monske, President & CEO of Regional Growth Partnership

The 68-year-old Atlanta-based magazine has awarded the Governor’s Cup annually since 1988, based on new and expanded corporate facilities as tracked by the proprietary Conway Projects Database.