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Findlay Ranks 7 for Most Dynamic Micropolitan out of 531

Post Date:02/21/2019 4:00 PM
Findlay once again has been honored for its performance as a community. Below you will find a link to the report prepared by the Walton Foundation titled: The Most Dynamic Micropolitans Index.

The City of Findlay looks forward to continued benchmarking opportunities.

The Walton Family Foundation released The Most Dynamic Micropolitans Index, new research that benchmarks the economic growth, prosperity, and inclusion of the United States’ micropolitan areas, showing that even with a range of success and challenges, America’s small towns have big-time potential in today’s economy. You may access the research here:  https://www.waltonfamilyfoundation.org/learning/most-dynamic-micropolitans.

With the Most Dynamic Micropolitans in the United States, the Walton Family Foundation created a data-based index that measures – for the first time – the comprehensive performance of micropolitans’ economies. The index, a baseline, empirical assessment to understand small-town America’s current condition and future prospects. The report’s accompanying data visualization allows you to obtain a clear sense of how micropolitan areas are performing and how particular localities are performing relative to each other.

They noted three critical takeaways:

1. The 531 micropolitan areas in the United States have a ways to go, but given the range of success and challenges, it is clear: small-town America has big-time potential.

2. Micropolitans with economic growth and development often have four key traits that keep the local economy afloat:

- Travel, tourism, and recreation
- Professional services
- Culture of Entrepreneurship
- Research universities and four-year colleges

3. Serious challenges remain regarding economic diversification and growth writ large in America’s micropolitan areas. The good news is that there are economic frameworks that would allow local entities (economic development leaders, private sector, and public officials) to adapt and apply as appropriate.


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