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Chillicothe Ranked Among Top Micropolitans

March 2, 2016 - Chillicothe ranks in a tie for 39th on Site Selection Magazine’s list of the Top 100 Micropolitan Areas in the U.S. for 2015.

“This is Chillicothe’s second consecutive appearance on this competitive list; the third time in the last five years,” commented Chris Manegold, CEO of the Economic Development Alliance of Southern Ohio, “and that momentum is continuing into 2016.  Our good news is being shared with a regional, national and international audience of site selection consultants, brokers, investors, corporations, media outlets and other influential contacts.”

Projects that meet at least one of three criteria -- $1 million in capital investment, 20,000 square feet of construction, or creation of at least twenty new jobs -- are considered in the rankings.  The publication’s survey does not include healthcare, retail, government, education or utility projects.  “While investments such as Adena Health System’s restoration of the Carlisle Building and the Guernsey Crossing development aren’t tabulated by Site Selection, they have impacts that certainly count to this community,” said Manegold.

Ohio finished second in Site Selection’s prestigious Governor’s Cup competition for 2015.  “We are pleased to have contributed to that success” Manegold added.

Micropolitan Areas are a recent (2003) designation by the U.S. Census Bureau, defined as a non-metropolitan county with a core urban population of at least 10,000 persons but less than 50,000 plus adjacent territory that has a high degree of social and economic integration with the core, as measured by commuting ties.  There are currently 575 designated Micropolitan Areas in the nation.


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The Economic Development Alliance of Southern Ohio was founded in 2005 by the City of Chillicothe, Ross County Commissioners, Chillicothe Ross Chamber of Commerce and Ross County Community Improvement Corporation.  It is a not-for-profit corporation organized as a private-public partnership to provide economic development services to companies and communities in Ross County.  Additionally, the Alliance markets the region nationally and internationally in partnership with Jackson, Pike and Scioto Counties through the Joint Economic Development Initiative of Southern Ohio.


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