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March 29, 2013

Clinton moves up in micropolitan rankings

CLINTON — Just weeks after an announcement that new businesses are going to build in the city’s railport and tech park, Clinton is getting more good news.

A company that ranks the economic climates of both large and quasi-rural areas throughout the US has pushed Clinton higher up in the rankings among communities that have a population between 10,000 and 50,000.

Policom Corp. releases those rankings of metropolitan and micropolitan communities annually, basing the rankings on the dynamics of local economies.

Clinton is a micropolitan area, one of 576 in the country. The latest rankings put Clinton at 105 — seven places better than last year. It continues to be ranked the best in Iowa. The closest Iowa city is Muscatine at 120.

The study measures 23 different factors to come up with the rankings. From its research, it determines if an area is growing or declining. The highest ranked areas have had rapid, consistent growth in both size and quality for an extended period of time.

Clinton has moved up over the years; just nine years ago the city was ranked 287, according to the website, www.policom.com. Data from 1992 to 2011 was used to create the 2013 rankings.

“It is a great honor for Clinton to earn the top micropolitan area ranking in the state of Iowa. As I said when I campaigned for mayor, one of my goals was to strengthen the relationship between the public and private sector in Clinton and to improve our image and make Clinton a great place to live,” said Mayor Mark Vulich. “Over the past few weeks we have had some major announcements that will be a boost to Clinton's economy. But these announcements alone are not the reason Clinton is now a leader in the state.”

He attributes Clinton’s growth to the working relationship that exists between the mayor, City Council, city staff, Clinton Regional Development Corp., the Chamber of Commerce and the Iowa Department of Economic Development.

“As a group we are not only recruiting new businesses and industry into our city but we are continually working with the existing business and industry to assist them in anyway we can to make them more profitable and competitive in this ever-changing economic environment,” he said. “I personally want to say thank you to all those who have dedicated their time and energies in making Clinton the top micropolitan area in Iowa. Without your dedication this achievement would never have been possible.”

 

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