Chambers County named Top Micropolitan for 2015
VALLEY, AL (March 11, 2016) – Chambers County has been named one of the Top-10 micropolitan communities in the U.S. for new and expanding facilities by Site Selection magazine, the official publication of the Global FDI Association and the Industrial Asset Management Council. The magazine ranked 575 of the nation’s micropolitan areas. The US Census Bureau designates a micropolitan area as a non-urban community anchored by a town of no more than 50,000 people. Valley is the anchor town for Chambers County, and statistical information presented for it is representative of the county as a whole.
The magazine used the Conway New Plant Database measuring the number of corporate facility projects to determine the rankings. Chambers County ranked eight in 2015, making a big jump from 2014 when the county was ranked 74th out of 575 micropolitans.
The Chambers County Development Authority compiled and submitted eight projects that met Site Selection’s qualifying criteria. Among those that qualified were the AJIN USA expansion, representing a $41 million investment, Knauf Insulation’s expansion, a $17 million investment, and WestRock’s expansion, a $19 million investment. The total investment from the eight projects in Chambers County was $87,660,869 and resulted in the creation of 133 new jobs.
“Chambers County is proud to be ranked as one of the top micropolitan communities in the United States for 2015,” said Valerie Gray, Chambers County Development Authority executive director. “Chambers County has made amazing progress over the past decade, and this ranking demonstrates that all the hard work and collaborative efforts between the Development Authority, our cities, towns and county are paying off. But this is just the beginning, and with the ongoing efforts of our community leaders and economic development partners, we will continue to see growth and great results.”
Findlay, Ohio ranked as the top micropolitan for 2015 with 26 investments, Cullman, Alabama ranked second with 18 investments and Wooster, Ohio rounded out the top-three with 14 investments in 2015. Ohio produced more Top 100 micropolitans than any other state with 19, while Alabama ranked seventh with four micropolitans in the Top 100.
The full report on the nation’s top micropolitan’s can be found at www.siteselection.com.