Findlay Ranked Top Micropolitan Community 7 Years Running

For the seventh year in a row, Findlay has been ranked the top micropolitan community in the country.

The award, by Site Selection magazine, is based on job creation, new construction and capital investment.

A micropolitan area is defined as having a population between 10,000 and 50,000.

Dan Sheaffer, project specialist for Findlay-Hancock County Economic Development, says the ‘Findlay Formula’ continues to produce big results.



“We really are intentional about our stakeholder engagement process, which is bringing trustworthy partners to the table.”

He says that includes city and county government leaders, educational partners, business partners and non-profits.

“Once you have trust at the table, there’s not a whole lot you can’t do,” Sheaffer added.

He said in 2020 Findlay had around $150 million in capital investment and 1,000 net new jobs.

Sheaffer said, over the seven years they’ve been ranked the top micropolitan in the country, the ‘Findlay Formula’ has resulted in more than 200 projects, 6,000 net new jobs and nearly 1.5 billion in capital investment.

Another area city came in high in the rankings.

Tiffin finds itself at number 4 on the list, which you can see here.

Get more details in the following news release from Findlay-Hancock County Economic Development.

For the seventh consecutive year, Findlay, Ohio has been ranked the top micropolitan community in the United States 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 nations micropolitan areas, cities of 10,000 to 50,000 people that cover at least one county. Rankings are based on qualified projects meeting one or more of three criteria: $1 MM or more invested, 20 or more jobs created or 20,000 or more square feet constructed. “Winning seven years in row validates the strength of our existing office, manufacturing and logistics base,” said Tim Mayle, Director of Economic Development. “Each year our prime directive is assisting local companies as they seek to grow. The majority of qualifying projects come from companies continuing to hire employees, expand facilities and invest in machinery and equipment.”
Findlay is intentional about business development. “My office works every day with business stakeholders to position Findlay to be as competitive as possible. As we invest and expand existing business, we will continue to attract new world-class companies, said Christina Muryn, Mayor-City of Findlay. FindlayHancock County Economic Development focused again on residential development in 2020. “The County Commissioners are vigorous supporters of business but no more so than assisting our expanding workforce. One of the best ways to do this is via business friendly residential development thus encouraging employees to not only work here but also live here. We continue to build. Multiple residential projects are in the pipeline for 2021,” said Timothy Bechtol, County Commissioner. Note: Residential development projects do not qualify for the Site Selection Top Micropolitan award. Findlay-Hancock County Economic Development will continue to attract automotive supply chain and hightech logistics investment in 2021. “Findlay’s central location and progressive business environment give us a strategic advantage,” said Mayle.

For more information, contact the Findlay-Hancock County Economic Development Office at 419-422-3313.