2020 may have been a year like no other, but for Site Selection magazine there was one thing that stayed the same – Findlay is the Top Micropolitan. Read Findlay-Hancock County Economic Development’s announcement here.
Of the nation’s 575 micropolitan areas Findlay was found to be on top. Rankings are based on qualified projects that meet at least one of three criteria: $1 MM or more invested, at least 20 jobs created, or 20,000+ square feet constructed. A micropolitan is a city with a population of 10,000-50,000 people that cover at least one county.
Mayor Christina Muryn says the award shows that Findlay is intentional about business development, saying “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.
Director of Economic Development, Tim Mayle, shares that the award validates the strength of the manufacturing and logistics base. He says, “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•Hancock County Economic Development focused again on residential development in 2020, which are projects that do not count towards qualifications for the Top Micropolitan award. “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.
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. Site Selection magazine is the official publication of the Global FDI Association and the Industrial Asset Management Council. The full press release can be found here.