Cleveland jumps to 25th place In Best-Performing Small Cities listing
by JOYANNA LOVE Banner Senior Staff Writer
Dec 08, 2013 | 1301 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Cleveland has been ranked 25th on Milken Institute’s “Best-Performing Small Cities” list for 2013.

This year saw a major jump for the city from its 2012 position at 119.

Cleveland Mayor Tom Rowland said he was pleased at the increase in ranking.

“It’s always good when we get this kind of recognition from the outside, not just us looking at ourselves,” Rowland said.

He attributed blessings and successful growth to the favorable ranking.

“I think in the last year to two years, we’ve been blessed in our community as far as economics,” Rowland said.

He said he felt the overall quality of life in Cleveland was a factor toward its success.

“It’s a great place to raise a family — low crime,” Rowland said.

Partnerships within the community also make it strong, he said.

“The team we have between city government, county government and the Chamber of Commerce works together for a common goal, and that’s to make our city a better place to live,” Rowland said.

The completion of the Cleveland Regional Jetport this year was also seen by the mayor as a reason for the ranking.

The mayor said there are other elements besides merely economic ones that make Cleveland a great place to live.

He said Cleveland residents are very giving people. A fact that, he said, is highlighted at this time of year.

He said people’s ability and willingness to give is “a sign of recovery and good economic times.”

Additionally, the city of Cleveland was ranked fourth in value for one year of job growth. This category measures job growth in the metropolitan area versus the national average for 2011-2012. Cleveland was ranked 18th for five-year growth.

According to Milken’s website, the job growth and strength of the local economy are used as key indicators for the rankings. Sustaining jobs, average salaries and technology growth are also considered.

The annual list ranks 179 small U.S. metropolitan areas.

Rowland said Cleveland has been ranked on the list for as long as he can remember.

Research for the list is mostly done through independent research but occasionally they will call a city to confirm information.