State Representative Al Landis (R-Dover) and State Senator Jay Hottinger (R-Newark) honored Tuscarawas County for its recent distinction of being named the number two micropolitan in the nation at the Statehouse today.

Representative Landis rose to address members of the General Assembly to recognize the impressive growth achieved in the area over the past year, and congratulate the effectiveness of working relationships between local government officials, the state legislature, and the executive branch.

“This recognition is the result of a lot of hard work in both the private and public sector,” said Representative Landis. “Private sector growth such as this is imperative to continuing to strengthen our economy at the county level and across the state.”

Tuscarawas County and the Dover-New Philadelphia area were recognized by Site Selection Magazine as ranking number two in the nation among micropolitan areas for industrial development, expansion, and the ability to attract new businesses to the area. In 2014, Tuscarawas County created 775 jobs and spent over $27 million on new construction and expansion projects for area businesses.

“I celebrate today with Tuscarawas County on the great recognition they have received,” said Senator Hottinger. “It is exciting to share with the rest of the nation, and even the world, what Representative Landis and I have known for some time; that this community is open for business and that it is indeed a top location in the country for business development. This is a red-letter day for Tuscarawas County and it is the result of a lot of hard work from both public and private and state and local leaders to put the spotlight on the great attractiveness of this exciting community."

The U.S. Census Bureau defines a micropolitan area as a rural county whose largest city does not exceed a population of 50,000. There are 576 micropolitan areas in the United States. Site Selection Magazine is a nationally recognized publication that specializes in reporting on corporate real estate strategy and economic development. 

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