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Hickory region a national leader in economic development

March 15, 2012

After being ranked as one of the worst places to find a job two months ago, the Greater Hickory area has notched another top 10 ranking.

This time, it’s good news.

The Hickory-Morganton-Lenoir metro area ranked as one of the top 10 areas in the nation for economic development in a recent report in Site Selection magazine.

The region ranked as the No. 9 performing metro area in the nation in announced economic development projects in the category of metropolitan areas with a population between 200,000 and 1 million people, according to the report.

The Hickory-Morganton-Lenoir region announced 23 projects during 2011. 

“We’re proud of this ranking” said Scott Millar, president of the Catawba County Economic Development Corporation (CCEDC), “but we have a lot of work ahead of us as we continue to try to lower the unemployment rate in Catawba County and the region.”

The Hickory region's top 10 ranking comes after being deemed one of the worst places to find a job by a U.S. News and World Report study in January. The Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton region was the eighth-worst area to find a job in the nation, according to the report.

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