Angola listed as a top micropolitan in development

March 7th, 2018

KPC Media - Herald Republican

Angola was ranked in the top 10 in the Top 100 Micropolitans list from Site Selection Magazine for the sixth year in a row, making the list seven of the last eight years, the magazine announced today.

Angola was tied with seven other cities for 10th on the list out of 575 micropolitans in the country. A micropolitan is defined as a community between 10,000 and 50,000 people covering at least one county.

“The City of Angola, Steuben County and the Steuben County Economic Development Corporation are truly excited about being listed again on the Top Micropolitan list for 2017. Ranking tied for 10th is the highest our community has ranked, and to even rank is truly an honor,” said Isaac Lee, executive director of the SCEDC.

In 2017, Steuben County had six projects that qualified to make this list based in Angola.

Site Selection’s Conway Projects Database focuses on new corporate facility projects with significant impact, including headquarters, manufacturing plants, research and development operations and logistics sites, among others. It does not track retail and government projects, or schools and hospitals.

New facilities and expansions included in the analyses must meet at least one of three criteria:

  • involve a capital investment of at least $1 million;
  • create at least 20 new jobs; or
  • add at least 20,000 square feet of new floor area.

“This is a testament to the many organizations and individuals that partner to achieve this award. Furthermore, to be listed with three other northeast Indiana communities just goes to show that we have a lot to offer here in the region,” Lee said.

Indiana ranked 10th in the U.S. for number of projects (162) and number of projects per capita.