Our company believes that micropolitans have tremendous growth opportunities ahead, which is why we’ve focused our economic development services on their needs.
And that why we’re also doing the first ever economic development (#econdev) survey just for the nation’s 551 micropolitans (list of micropolitans).
The benefit to participating micropolitans is two-fold:
- You’ll get a report with aggregate survey results, which can help you better benchmark your community against your peers in future strategic planning.
- You have the ability to submit available buildings and sites to us through the survey. That information will be kept on file and when we’re working with our private sector clients your micropolitan will get considered if it meets the project parameters.
Our guess is you’ve probably traveled through one of the nation’s 551 micropolitan statistical areas recently.
In fact, on a recent drive between our Everett, WA headquarters and our Burlington, IA satellite office, we found that there are 18 micropolitans along the way:
I-90 to I-35 to US-34
Moses Lake, WA
Albert Lea, MN
Mason City, IA
Our firm focuses the majority of our economic development consulting services on Micropolitan Statistical Areas. Why?
- There are 551 micropolitan areas which are comprised of 21% of the nation’s counties.
- Micropolitans are labor market areas with at least one urban core of no less than 10,000 population and no more than 50,000 population
- Total population in micropolitan statistical areas can range from around 11,000 to over 200,000
- Pearsall, TX (Frio County) is the nation’s newest micropolitan, having been announced in OMB Bulletin 18-03 in April 2018
- Micropolitans have a significant footprint across the US
The following map shows the footprint of Micropolitans across the US.
On Monday (Jan 7, 2019) we presented the Spencer City Council (Spencer, Iowa) with a final draft of their Economic Development Strategic Work Plan. The plan, developed in conjunction with the city’s Grow Spencer Commission, covers a range of economic development initiatives for the next five years. Check out the plan.
In accepting the final plan, the Spencer City Council unanimously approved a resolution to implement the plan.
Council Approves Grow Spencer ED Plan (KCID-FM)