Opelika ranks among nation’s best in economic growth potential

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Opelika Observer

Opelika Mayor Gary Fuller and Opelika Economic Development Director Lori Huguley, CEcD are excited to share several recent Opelika and State of Alabama economic rankings reports.
Business Facilities Magazine announced this week that the Auburn-Opelika MSA is fifth in the United States for economic growth potential (small MSA). Business Facilities’ 2019 Metro Rankings Report takes a look at the hot topics in economic development on thecity level, including job growth, economic growth potential, tech opportunities and more.
“We are thrilled to be one of the leaders in economic growth in Alabama and the nation. We are continuously looking for ways to help both Opelika and the state bring in new industry, and we are continuously working with our existing businesses to help them with any expansion needs,” Huguley said.
In addition, Opelika and all of Lee County (also known as the Auburn-Opelika MSA), were named by the Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama (PARCA) as the second fastest growth rate in Alabama and third greatest in population growth since 2010 among all Alabama MSAs, having added 23,641 residents.
Alabama has much to be proud of as well. According to Business Facilities 15th Annual State Rankings Report, Alabama continues to get high economic marks. They named Alabama:
• Best Business Climate, 3 rd  in U.S.
• Economic Growth Potential, 5th  in U.S.
• Workforce Training Leaders, 2nd  in U.S.
• Top Manufacturing States, 5th  in U.S.
• Automotive Manufacturing Strength, 6th  in U.S.
• FTZ Activity (Exports), 4th  in U.S.
“Our Economic Development team works with regional partners, as well as state economic development professionals to encourage our area’s economic growth. We have experienced tremendous growth in residential, retail and the industrial sector and are honored to be recognized by these stellar organizations,” Fuller added.
For more information, contact City of Opelika’s Economic Development Project Manager John Sweatman at 334-705-5116 or jsweatman@opelika-al.gov.

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