For the second year in a row, Site Selection Magazine has named the Roanoke Rapids Micropolitan Area as one of the Top 100 Micropolitans in the United States. The Roanoke Rapids Micropolitan Area, which encompasses Halifax and Northampton Counties, received a ranking of #18 based on the number of new or expanding economic development projects in 2017.
"It's great to see our area recognized as a Top Micropolitan Area and move up to the Top 20,” said Vernon Bryant, Chairman of the Halifax County Board of Commissioners. “We are grateful to the companies that saw opportunity and invested here. Working together, we can continue the momentum and create even more economic opportunities for our citizens,” Bryant added.
Site Selection is a trade publication for site-selection consultants, corporate decision-makers, and economic developers. Site Selection’s Top Micropolitan rankings are based on qualifying new or expanding projects that create a minimum capital investment of at $1 million, create at least 50 new jobs or add at least 20,000 SF of new floor area. In compiling its list, Site Selection considered 575 micropolitan communities across the United States. A micropolitan area is defined as a community serving as a regional trade center that has a population of more than 10,000 people but less than 50,000.
Cathy Scott, Executive Director of the Halifax County Economic Development Commission, says the ranking confirms the Commission's message. "Halifax County has an environment that is encouraging private investment and job creation."
For a full list of the Top 100 Micropolitan Areas, click here.