Atlanta, Ga. (March 4, 2019)- The Tupelo region has been named to Site Selection magazine’s list of most active micropolitan areas for new and existing industries in 2018. Tupelo ranked fifth in the nation among the 575-micropolitan areas designated by the United States Census Bureau. Since 2005, this is the tenth time the Tupelo region has been named to the list.
“The success of 2018 is yet another step in Tupelo/Lee County’s long-term strategy for economic growth. Through our partnerships with the Mississippi Development Authority, Tennessee Valley Authority, Appalachian Regional Commission, Three Rivers Planning and Development District and other economic development officials—we will continue to maintain our momentum in 2019,” said Lee County Board of Supervisors President Tony Roper. “I am especially proud of our newest industrial park, the HIVE, located on Highway 76. The county has purchased property and is working with the City of Tupelo to build water and sewer infrastructure into this new park to bring future jobs to our community.”
In 2018, the Tupelo region announced 11 new and expanding industry projects during the year, including Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi (TMMMS), Auto Parts Manufacturing Mississippi (APMM), General Atomics, WestRock, and Williams-Sonoma’s Sutter Street Manufacturing and more. The projects created over $348 million in new capital investment with and over 987 new jobs.
“Our community consistently finds itself being recognized as a top 10 micropolitan. This recognition is not by chance but is only the result of the hard work by our community, working together towards greater prosperity for all,” said CDF Chairman Jerry Maxcy.
“CDF’s mission is to create more and better jobs for our community. We are proud of this recognition, but community development is a marathon not a sprint. We must focus on retaining, growing and attracting more talent so our businesses can continue to grow and prosper,” said CDF President and CEO, David Rumbarger.
Per the U.S. Census Bureau, a micropolitan is a city of 10,000 to 50,000 people which covers at least one county.