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Danville area on Governor’s Cup Top-10 Micropolitan list for attracting economic development projects

Boyle and Lincoln counties have yet again landed a spot in the top-10 “micropolitan” areas for economic development in the U.S., according to the 2017 “Governor’s Cup” rankings published by Site Selection magazine, a leading economic development publication.


The Danville Advocate-Messenger reported that Site Selection ranked the “Danville Micropolitan Area” 10th in the nation for attracting economic development projects, according to Site Selection.


Micropolitan areas, which Site Selection calls “micros,” contain an urban core (such as Danville) and have a population between 10,000 and 50,000.


The magazine counts the number of economic development projects in each micro in order to determine the rankings. Seven other micros, including Bardstown and Frankfort in Kentucky, tied with Danville for 10th with six economic development projects apiece, the newspaper said.


This is the third year in a row Danville’s micro has been ranked in the top 10. Last year, it was ranked ninth; the year before that, it was ranked 10th. The area has been ranked among the top 100 micros in the U.S. by Site Selection for years.


Kentucky as a state was ranked third in the nation for economic development projects in micropolitan areas, with 55 projects across 12 areas, according to Site Selection.


Other Kentucky micros in the rankings are Richmond-Berea (fifth), Bardstown (t-10th), Frankfort (t-10th), Glasgow (t-18th), London (t-28th), Paducah (t-28th), Union City (t-28th), Murray (t-41st), Somerset (t-41st), Madisonville (t-64th) and Maysville (t-64th).


Site Selection also ranked larger, metropolitan areas for economic development projects.

The Cincinnati metro area, including Northern Kentucky, placed sixth among metros with more than 1 million people; Owensboro and Bowling Green tied for second among metros with fewer than 200,000 people.

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