This year, for the first time, the annual New Plant Scoreboard published in conjunction with the Governor’s Cup rankings features state rankings by region. For 2011, the regions were led by Pennsylvania (Northeast); Ohio (East North Central); Missouri (West North Central); North Carolina (South Atlantic); Texas (South Central); Arizona (Mountain); and California (Pacific). The scoreboard featuring full regional rankings is included in the Governor’s Cup cover story found at SiteSelection.com.
The Top Metros for new and expanded corporate facilities for 2011 were led by Houston-Baytown-Sugar Land, Texas; among metro areas with populations over 1 million, Baton Rouge, La., among areas with populations between 200,000 and 1 million; and Decatur, Ala., among areas with populations between 50,000 and 200,000. Full lists of the Top 10 Metros in each population category appear below.
In the magazine’s ranking of Top Micropolitans – cities of 10,000 to 50,000 people which cover at least one county – Statesville-Mooresville, N.C., claimed the top prize among the nation’s 576 micropolitan areas for the eighth time in 10 years, followed by Wooster, Ohio; Cullman, Ala.; Lexington-Thomasville, N.C.; and Shelby, N.C. Ohio bested North Carolina and Pennsylvania as the state with the most Top Micropolitans, demonstrating the power of small towns to drive a winning Governor’s Cup performance.
|Top 10 Metro Areas: Tier One New
and Expanded Facilities in 2011
(Metros with population over 1 million)
|1 Houston/Baytown/Sugar Land, Texas
|2 Chicago/Naperville/Joliet, Ill./Ind./Wis.
|3 Pittsburgh, Pa.
|4 Dallas/Fort Worth/Arlington, Texas
|5 New York-Newark-Edison, N.Y./N.J./Pa.
|6 Cincinnati/Middletown, Ohio/Ky./Ind.
|7 Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington Pa./N.J./Del./Md.
|8 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria D.C./Md./Va./W. Va.
|9 Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, Ga.
|10 Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Fla.