Site Selection magazine has placed the Mooresville and Statesville economic development organizations on its list of “Top Economic Development Groups for 2011.”
In March, the magazine crowned Mooresville-Statesville the “No. 1 Micropolitan Area in the Nation for New and Expanded Industry for 2011.” This No. 1 micropolitan ranking was Mooresville’s eighth out of the past 10 years, and the community has not placed lower than No. 2 on two occasions.
According to a press release from the magazine:
Mooresville and Iredell County are part of the 16-county Charlotte USA region marketed worldwide by the Charlotte Regional Partnership.
Robert Carney, Executive Director of the Mooresville-South Iredell Economic Development Corporation, credited their success to the close relationship the MSIEDC maintains with its Board of Directors, the SICDC’s Board of Directors, and the leadership and guidance it receives from members of the Mooresville Town Board and the Iredell County Commissioners.
“Mooresville’s continued success is attributed to our efforts to market our region as a whole and to share with our clients that the Mooresville community is a great place to live, work and raise a family,” Carney said.
”The 16-county region that makes up Charlotte USA is one of our biggest resources when it comes to recruiting new businesses and generating new jobs,” stated Carney. “Creating new jobs and increasing capital investment in our community takes a cooperative effort on behalf of local governments, business and citizens.”
Site Selection magazine reported that in 2011, Iredell County reeled in a total of 28 projects. Mooresville’s 2011 total community investment figures were $248,000,000 million in new investment, the creation of 1,142 new jobs, and 2,445,900 in new square footage.
Site Selection based its ranking on Mooresville’s performance in several categories, including new jobs, new jobs per 10,000 residents, new investment and new investment per 10,000 residents. Rankings were also influenced by subjective criteria such as innovation, creativity and customer service.