We hear the song every day, we see the writing on the wall. But Monday’s announcement was exciting nonetheless.
Yes, it’s official: Findlay, Ohio, USA, 45840 is the best small town in the country when it comes to business. Again.
That makes it four years running that Findlay (pop. 41,400) has been recognized by Site Selection magazine as being No. 1 for business growth among 575 small cities nationwide.
The magazine ranks business growth among “micropolitans,” cities with a population between 10,000 and 50,000. In 2017, the Findlay-Hancock County Economic Development office listed 21 projects that met Site Selection’s criteria.
No one person or agency can take all the credit, of course. Economic development is a team effort and it takes a community like Findlay’s to rise to the top and stay there. But certainly, The Alliance, city and county officials all deserve a high-five, as do the thousands of workers who make businesses so successful here.
Some may ask, so what if Findlay is a business boom town?
Well, it means a lot. Steady business growth like the kind recorded here benefits everyone who resides in the Hancock County area, northwestern Ohio, and the state.
Because of the ranking, others may look here to see what we’re doing so right, and what they can do to copy our approach.
Our very location, at the crossroads of Interstate 75 and U.S. 224, puts us on the map and makes us accessible to the Midwest.
And it helps that we have strong anchors like Marathon, Cooper, Whirlpool and Ball, multiple distribution centers, and successful small-business entrepreneurs.
Businesses looking to expand or move may take a close look at the many opportunities Hancock County offers. Some new ones may come take advantage of those opportunities.
The business growth has created new options for workers, too. If someone wants to work, there are jobs to be had here.
Like all small communities, including ours, there are issues to overcome, notably housing and worker shortages, poverty, hunger and crime.
But those matters are also being addressed by a consortium of community agencies and leaders, and should not discourage future growth.
Yesterday’s news is reason to celebrate our economic development successes and the positive effect they are having on Findlay and Hancock County. The challenge now is to keep finding new ways to build on the past four years of accomplishments. Will Findlay continue to rise to the top? We wouldn’t bet against it.