New North cities do well in 'Forbes' ranking

Posted on Jul 27, 2011 :: Insight on Business, Web Exclusive.
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Four cities in the New North were named among the "Best Small Places for Businesses and Careers" by Forbes magazine.

The magazine ranks Appleton (#40), Oshkosh (#70), Sheboygan (#100) and Fond du Lac (#107) as 'Best Small Places for Business and Careers' for 2011. Ranking is rated on a number of performance metrics compared across all cities, considering job growth, costs of living and cost of doing business, educational attainment and projected economic growth.

"We have always known the New North region to be a positive place to work and own a business," says Jerry Murphy, Executive Director of New North, Inc. "This ranking, and the many others like it, proves Northeastern Wisconsin to be a nationally recognized region of strong economic health and future growth."

All four cities received high marks in rankings for job growth and education, with Appleton ranked 57th in education and Oshkosh ranked 50th in projected job growth. Cities throughout Wisconsin were named to the list, with nine cities in Wisconsin named among the top 135 cities.

To view the complete rankings, or to find out more about the methodology, please visit: http://www.forbes.com/best-places-for-business/list/small