Dayton region among nation’s top development markets

The Dayton region is one of the nation’s top markets for economic development, according to Site Selection magazine.

Dayton was ranked seventh among U.S. metro areas with populations between 200,000 and 1 million, based on its number of economic development projects.

The 14-county region had 28 projects last year, including DealerTrack, Assurant, Cole Taylor Bank, ANC and Pratt Industries, according to the Dayton Development Coalition.

Site Selection also ranked Dayton among the top metros of its size in 2008, 2009 and 2012.

“This honor once again proves that we have one of the most livable and most vibrant communities in the world and our unique attributes position us to win major projects,” said Jeff Hoagland, the development coalition’s president and chief executive, in a statement.

This year, Site Selection also ranked both Cincinnati and Columbus in the Top 10 for metros with populations larger than 1 million, at number six and eight, respectively.

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