City honor earns recognition from state

By John Hamilton -

WILMINGTON — The city is ranked as the 64th best micropolitan in the United States and was recognized for that achievement at Thursday night’s council meeting.

Elizabeth Humad from Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted’s office presented a proclamation in honor of this achievement and presented it to Mayor John Stanforth and Port Authority Executive Director Dan Evers.

“This is truly a community award and a testament to collaboration,” said Evers.

He told council and attendees there are 550 micropolitans in the United States going by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget’s definition. A micropolitan, according to Evers, is a geographic area with an urban center of at least 10,000 and a broader geography of 50,000 or less.

While Wilmington shares its 64th rank with other cities, Evers believes that doesn’t lessen the achievement.

“To be tied for 64th in investment job-creation projects is not inconsequential. It puts us in the top 12 percent of all micropolitans in the states,” he said.

He added that what this award reflects a community that values its businesses.

“One thing that stood out was that it was not just the community involved, or just the city involved, everyone with a stake in our community’s growth was involved,” he said.

By John Hamilton

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