In the News: Economic Development in Auburn and Opelika

Economic Development in Auburn and Opelika

Four Alabama cities ranked in Site Selection Magazine’s 2020 Top Metros among the best in the nation based on total projects and projects per capita. Economic development in Auburn and Opelika landed our community in the top 10 for both categories!

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Making the cut as a top metro area during a pandemic is promising! For one thing, it shows that economic development in Auburn and Opelika remains a priority. It also means the cities continue to focus on industries and businesses that create jobs and long-term growth.

Certain criteria must be met to be in the database. Those standards include the creation of 20 or more jobs, a minimum $1 million investment, or 20,000-square-feet or more of new space. According to a recent article on, Site Selection counted seven local projects for the rankings.

In terms of total projects, among cities with a population of less than 200,000, Auburn-Opelika ranked sixth . In regard to projects per capita, the twin cities ranked ninth.

As far as the state of Alabama goes, it fared well overall making the list for the magazine’s 2020 Governor’s Cup. Alabama ranked ninth in job-creating projects and missed the top 10 rankings for projects per capita by two.

About Site Selection Magazine

Site Selection Magazine is the bi-monthly publication produced by Conway Data, Inc. The magazine aims to provide in-depth reporting on a variety of subjects. For example, topics include foreign direct investment, location analysis, facility planning and corporate real estate.

Conway Data is one of the world’s leading full-service economic development consulting firms. To simplify, they work with states, cities and industries to help with new investment and job creation leading to economic growth.


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