Saturday, March 21, 2009

Great Lakes States Sweep Metro Rankings

In addition to racking up the most number of projests totals in the statewide and micropolitan categories, the Great lakes states also dominated the metro ranking as well.

Seven of the top Tier One metros came from the Great Lakes including Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, Ill./Ind./Wis.; Cincinnati-Middletown, Ohio/Ky./Ind.; Detroit-Warren-Livonia, Mich.; New York-Newark-Edison, N.Y./N.J./Pa.; Pittsburgh, Pa.; Columbus, Ohio; and Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, Ohio.

In the Tier Two category (populations between 200,000 and 1 million) the Great Lakes state placed six cities in the top 10 including Dayton, Ohio; Akron, Ohio; Toledo, Ohio; Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, Pa./N.J.; Grand Rapids-Wyoming, Mich.; and Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, Ohio/Pa.

And among Tier Three metropolitan areas (less than 200,000 in population) placed five in the top ten. Those winning honors were Springfield, Ohio; Jackson, Mich; Wheeling, W.Va./Ohio; Elkhart-Goshen, Ind.; and Muskegon-Norton Shores, Mich.

The rankings confirm that the Great Lakes states region is the seeing more new projects and business expansion than other part of the U. S. and are no longer deserving of "rust belt" moniker.

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