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Dayton Metro Second in Site Selection Magazine's Governor's Cup


DAYTON, Ohio – Site Selection Magazine announced Monday the Dayton Metro ranked second among cities of its size for economic development projects in its annual Governor’s Cup rankings, marking the 13th consecutive year the region has ranked in the top 10.

"We’re honored Site Selection Magazine recognized the hard work and dedication of our local partners, DDC staff and JobsOhio in its Governor’s Cup rankings,” said Jeff Hoagland, President and CEO of the Dayton Development Coalition. “We anticipate 2019 will be another aggressive year for the DDC and our economic development partners as we focus on attracting new jobs to the region, ensuring we have a ready workforce, and supporting our region’s businesses as they continue to grow.” 

In the Greater Dayton Region, Celina, Sidney, Wapakoneta and Wilmington were among the nation’s top micropolitan cities with populations between 10,000 and 50,000 people.

“The most rewarding part of economic development is seeing the growth and opportunity it brings to our community,” said John Landess, chair of the Coalition’s Board of Trustees. “The Dayton Region excels at gathering the right team of people around the table to help businesses address their needs. That ability to problem solve and connect businesses to local resources is critical to our economic growth.”

Ohio ranked second among all states for the seventh straight year. Ohio has placed either first or second for more than 10 years, cementing the state’s role as a leader in job creation and business expansion.

The 65-year-old Atlanta-based magazine has awarded the Governor’s Cup annually since 1988, based on new and expanded corporate facilities as tracked by the proprietary Conway Projects Database. The DDC works with local economic development officials and JobsOhio to provide information on regional expansion projects to use for the rankings. 

In addition to investing more than $850 million in the region, companies committed to create more than 3,800 new jobs and retain more than 13,000 jobs. The numbers represent companies that worked with JobsOhio to expand or establish new operations in the Region. The Dayton Region is also home to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio’s largest single-site employer, and leader in scientific research and development.

Site Selection ranks cities and states each year based on the number of economic development projects in their region. Projects factored into the rankings include those with any combination of state, regional and local incentives, as well as those that do not receive any type of assistance. This year’s results indicate a strong state and regional business climate. Read more here.


The Dayton Development Coalition (DDC) is the leading economic development organization for the 14-county Dayton region. Working closely with public and private regional partners, its mission is to recruit, expand, and retain jobs. Dayton ranked as the nation’s top metro for economic development in 2008, 2009 and 2012, runner-up in 2010, 2011, 2014 and 2015, and has been in the top 10 for 12 consecutive years. With the State’s largest single-site employer in its backyard, the DDC is also focused on advocating for the critical missions at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and supporting the work of the United States Air Force. The DDC and the State of Ohio were ranked as America’s top military community, being honored with the 2015 Community Excellence Award from the Association of Defense Communities, and were designated an ADC Great American Defense Community in 2016 – a testament to the collaborative efforts in support of Wright-Patt, America’s #1 Air Force Base as ranked by the Air Force Times (2014).

For questions regarding the DDC, contact Shannon Joyce Neal at (937) 231-5436. 

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