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Old 12-22-2011, 09:36 PM
 
Location: Seattle, WA
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The Milken Institute recently released this year's list of "best performing cities" in the country. Each year the nonpartisan group ranks the country's metropolitan areas based on how well they are creating and sustaining jobs and economic growth.

On this year's list, the Cumberland, MD-WV metropolitan area climbed 31 spots from number 62 to number 31 out of the country's 179 smallest metros. By comparison, Salisbury, the only other Maryland city on the smallest metros list, is ranked number 83, which is also an improvement from last year.

All of Maryland's other metros are ranked separately among the nation's 200 largest metros and all of them saw a decline in job and economic growth in the past year. This includes Baltimore-Towson, Bethesda-Gaithersburg-Frederick, Hagerstown-Martinsburg, Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, and Wilmington (DE).

2011 Best-Performing Cities - 200 Largest Metros
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Old 12-23-2011, 08:00 AM
 
Location: Hagerstown
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That's good to see.

I'm kind of surprised at how low Wilmington DE was on that list.

drs72, what kind of job growth has been occurring in Cumberland? Or is that ranking more a reflecting of being able to keep what they have?
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Old 12-24-2011, 01:31 AM
 
Location: Seattle, WA
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That's good to see.

I'm kind of surprised at how low Wilmington DE was on that list.

drs72, what kind of job growth has been occurring in Cumberland? Or is that ranking more a reflecting of being able to keep what they have?
I was wondering the same thing actually. Off the top of my head, the only thing I can think of would be the continued ascension of the tourism industry here which has somewhat rejuvenated the downtown area and brought a new hotel to Canal Place (a couple years ago, though). Not sure what marks our improvement specifically in this past year. Everyone around here has always been so pessimistic about jobs (and now crime) that it drowns out most of the good. Maybe westsideboy would have a little more insight than me, considering that he's here full-time, while I'm mostly away at college.
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Old 12-24-2011, 09:55 AM
 
Location: Cumberland
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Cumberland is far less affected by the highs and lows of the job market than other places because we lost so many jobs from 1950-1990. Since then we have been stuck in neutral. Nothing really coming in, nothing really going out. We fare decently in these polls because the businesses that are left are largely the bare minimum "recession" proof kind. People always need baggers at Martins. People will always be employed as mechanics, electricians, plumbers, etc.

We don't have many large employers that innovate high tech stuff, or manufacture, or other employers that would be affected by recession and close. We have been in "recession" for 60 years.....the rest of the country is just catching up to us
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