Many communities throughout Northwest Ohio recognized 2017 as a robust year for economic development. Across the 17-county region, businesses created nearly 4,000 new jobs while investing $4 billion into their operations, as reported by the Regional Growth Partnership.

Some of those regional successes from last year were recently recognized by Site Selection magazine, a leading publication for the economic development industry.

As part of its annual Governor’s Cup Awards, the publication named the city of Toledo third nationally in 2017 among mid-size metros in the United States. In addition, the publication named the Regional Growth Partnership one of the top 15 economic development groups in the United States during 2017. The Mac Conway Awards for Excellence in Economic Development presented by Site Selection highlighted the RGP as part of its “Best to Invest” feature in the May issue.

“This award is a testament to the many private and public economic development partners across our region, as well as JobsOhio, who are committed to the ongoing success and prosperity of Northwest Ohio,” said Dean Monske, president and CEO of the RGP.

The Governor’s Cup recognizes states, winning governors, and economic development regions and communities across the country for their successful efforts in attracting new investment and retaining and growing existing businesses.

 “Recognition for Toledo’s business and economic development successes should go to our partners, including the Regional Growth Partnership, Lucas County, JobsOhio, and most importantly, the businesses that decided now is the time and Toledo is the place,” Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz said.

In addition, those same rakings named the city of Findlay the top “Micropolitan” in the U.S. for the fourth straight year. The cities of Tiffin and Van Wert also placed among the top micros nationally.

“The Findlay Formula has resulted in a pro-business environment making it easy for companies to invest,” said Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik.  “The fact we have been ranked No. 1 four years in a row demonstrates to investors that we are ready for them.”

Also recognized in Site Selection’s Governor’s Cup was the state of Ohio, which placed second nationally for economic development activity, based on total projects completed in 2017. Ohio ranked third nationally when factoring per capita.