SAGINAW — Site Selection Magazine said Saginaw County ranked No. 7 among municipalities its size in 2012 economic development expansions and attractions.

The magazine announced its annual state rankings for new and expanded facilities with the Award of its Governors Cup., which recognizes states and metropolitan areas for the numbers of new and expanded facilities announced in the past year.

The national rankings for metropolitan areas are presented in four population categories; over 1 million; 200,000 to 1 million; less than 200,000; and 10,000 to 50,000 in population.

In the under 200,000 population category, the Saginaw metropolitan area was seventh in the United States with nine projects. Projects are qualified based on number of jobs, square footage and investment.  Among the states, Michigan ranked fourth overall with 337 projects.

The Site Selection yearly analyses, which have been done annually since 1978,  are regarded by corporate real estate analysts as the industry scoreboard.

“To be recognized as a Top 10 Metropolitan Area for growth reflects the innovative and growing companies that are key economic partners in Saginaw and the region,” said JoAnn Crary, president of Saginaw Future Inc. “Saginaw’s ranking along with the State of Michigan’s fourth place among the fifty states demonstrates that we have all the assets businesses need to grow and be profitable.”

Saginaw Future assists existing and prospective businesses with site location, development assistance, financing, contract procurement and more. To learn more about SFI programs and services and to see details of the companies that qualified to be included in the ranking go to For more information on the Site Selection ranking go to

Established in 1992, Saginaw Future is a public-private alliance of local businesses, the County of Saginaw, City of Saginaw, 15 local municipalities and the Saginaw County Chamber of Commerce. SFI’s strategic partners also include education, labor and government.  Since its beginning, SFI has remained dedicated to fostering quality job creation through expansion of local industry and attraction of new business projects to the community.


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