Atlanta, May 4, 2015: Site Selection magazine has named its Top US Economic Development Groups of 2014 as part of the magazine’s annual Best to Invest rankings. Local economic development groups were first ranked according to four objective categories: new jobs, new jobs per 10,000 residents, new investment amount and new investment per 10,000 residents. Additional criteria included the creativity of economic development strategy; scope of project activity; and documenting link between the economic development organization and actual results. The rankings include the top ten metropolitan groups and honorable mentions, and the top 20 micropolitan groups.
“This year’s Top US Economic Development Groups are recognized for their ability to leverage their community’s assets to reach new markets while making sure existing industries have what they need to thrive,” says Patty Rasmussen, senior editor at Site Selection magazine, who authored the Top Groups report. “As we talked with corporate executives looking to relocate or expand, we found that they’re looking for more than incentives or inexpensive land. Livability is an important differentiator and communities that invest in quality of life infrastructure are seeing that investment pay off.”
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Charlotte Regional Partnership Charlotte Chamber of Commerce Charlotte, N.C.
Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce Chattanooga, Tenn.
World Business Chicago Chicago, Ill.
REDI Cincinnati Cincinnati, Ohio
Greater Houston Partnership Houston, Texas
Louisville Forward Louisville, Ky.
Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce Nashville, Tenn.
Pittsburgh Regional Alliance Pittsburgh, Pa.
Greater Richmond Partnership Richmond, Va.
Economic Futures Group of Spartanburg Spartanburg, S.C.
Top Groups Honorable Mention Buffalo Niagara Enterprise (N.Y.) Columbus 2020 (Ohio)
Greater New Orleans, Inc. (La.) Greater Portland Inc. (Ore.Wash.) Indy Chamber (Ind.)
KC Area Development Council (Kan.Mo.) Metro Atlanta Chamber (Ga.)
Select Greater Philadelphia (Penn.N.J.Del.Md.) Washington, DC Economic Partnership
Wayne County Economic Development Growth Engine (Detroit, Mich.)
Top Micropolitan Groups of the Year
Americus Sumter County Chamber of Commerce; Americus, Ga.
Cleveland County Economic Development Partnership; Shelby, N.C.
Community Development Foundation; Tupelo, Miss.
Cullman Economic Development Agency; Cullman, Ala.
The Development Corporation; Plattsburgh, N.Y.
DublinLaurens County Development Authority; Dublin, Ga.
Dyersburg/Dyer County Chamber of Commerce; Dyersburg, Tenn.
FindlayHancock County Economic Development; Findlay, Ohio
Grant County Economic Development Council; Moses Lake, Wash.
Greater Burlington Partnership; Burlington, Iowa
Jackson County Area Chamber of Commerce; Jefferson, Ga.
Kosciusko Economic Development Corporation; Warsaw, Ind.
The City of LaGrange Economic Development Office; LaGrange, Ga.
Lee County Economic Development; Sanford, N.C.
Nelson County Economic Development Agency; Bardstown, Ky.
Norwalk Economic Development Corporation; Norwalk, Ohio
Oconee Economic Alliance; Seneca, S.C.
Putnam County Chamber of Commerce; Cookeville, Tenn.
Wayne Economic Development Council; Wooster, Ohio
Wilson Economic Development Council; Wilson, N.C.
Patty Rasmussen (770) 3253452