Site Selection Ranks Ohio First In Micropolitan Development

Governor’s Cup recognizes 19 Ohio micropolitans with the most new and expanded corporate facility investments in U.S. and names Ohio for a third consecutive year, number two overall.

COLUMBUS, OH In Ohio, micropolitan markets offer exceptional business growth opportunities, according to Site Selection magazine’s 2015 Governor’s Cup annual rankings. Ohio surpassed competing states, earning the No. 1 spot in micropolitan development with 19 Ohio cities named as Top 100 Micropolitan Areas. That’s more than the next two states combined.

Considered by corporate real estate analysts as the “industry scoreboard,” Site Selection magazine named Findlay the No. 1 overall Micropolitan Area – a city of 10,000 to 50,000 people – with the most new and expanded corporate facilities as tracked by the Conway Projects Database. Also ranked in the Top 100 are Wooster, Celina, Greenville and Sidney, all placing in the top 20. Overall, Site Selection named 19 Ohio cities to the top 100 micropolitans.

“Our state’s consistency, collaboration with our Regional Network partners and continued growth demonstrates that Ohio is leading the nation in an economic resurgence,” said John Minor, JobsOhio president and chief investment officer. “The state is succeeding in both new company attraction and helping existing businesses expand.” He continues, “The number and diversity of the micro-communities named to this list is proof that Ohio has the formula for success: access to exceptional resources, a competitive business climate, and dedicated economic development teams working collaboratively at every level,” explained Minor.

The state’s larger cities were recognized as well. Cincinnati and Columbus ranked in the top five for the most new and expanded corporate facilities among metros with populations of 1 million or more. For metropolitan cities with populations between 200,000 to 1 million, Dayton and Akron earned spots in the top 10.

For the third consecutive year, Site Selection’s Governor’s Cup named Ohio number two overall and ranked third in projects per capita.

About Site Selection

The 62-year-old magazine has awarded the Governor's Cup annually since 1988 to the U.S. state with the most new and expanded corporate facilities with significant economic impact. Qualifying project wins include headquarters, manufacturing plants, R&D operations, and logistics sites, meeting one of the three criteria: (a) minimum capital investment of $1 million, (b) creation of at least 20 jobs, and (c) addition of at least 20,000 square feet in new floor space. To see the full list of honorees, visit

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Nick D'Angelo, JobsOhio

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