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Michigan Named #1 Location for New and Expanded Business Facilities For the Fifth Year in a Row

Wednesday, February 20, 2002

Jennifer Kopp
(517) 335-4590

Governor’s Cup Awarded to Illinois, But Michigan Takes Home True Prize

The business community once again has voted Michigan the number one state in the nation for new and expanded business facilities, according to Site Selection magazine.

Michigan beat out California, Illinois, New York and every other state for the highest number of new and expanded business facilities in the2001 Governor’s Cup contest.This year, Michigan reported 1,419 new and expanded facilities.

“Unfortunately, at the eleventh hour of the contest Site Selection magazine changed the rules by switching to a new system for awarding the actual Governor’s Cup,” said Doug Rothwell, president & CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corp.“If the magazine kept with the traditional judging, the Cup would be in Michigan today.The true judge of the best place to grow is the business community.They have once again voted overwhelmingly for Michigan.”

Michigan tied for fourth under Site Selection’s new system of judging with Illinois winning this year’s Governor’s Cup.

Less than a month before the end of the contest, nine additional criteria were added to the Governor’s Cup formula, resulting in 10 criteria, each of which counts 10 percent toward the final score.Some of the new categories include: percentage growth in new expanded facilities, ranking in the magazine’s annual business climate survey and three-year growth in new and expanded facilities.

“This new system is clearly designed to recognize states that are finally seeing some signs of new investment rather than Michigan that has seen almost 9,000 new investments or expansions over the past five years,” Rothwell said.“Our state was penalized for its past track record of success.”

Overall, Michigan was in the top five in five of the 10 criteria used in this year’s award including:

  • #1 total actual number of new and expanded facilities in 2001
  • #1 total new and expanded facilities per one million population in 2001
  • #2 total capital investment in new and expanded facilities per one million population in 2001
  • #3 for number of top 100 metros in annual ranking
  • #5 for number of top 100 small towns in annual ranking

In the metro rankings, Detroit and Grand Rapids/Muskegon/Holland metros also were in the top ten.The Detroit metro area was ranked #2 with 678 new and expanded facilities and Grand Rapids/Muskegon/Holland metro area was named #7 with 223 new and expanded facilities.

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation, a partnership between the state and local communities, promotes smart economic growth by developing strategies and providing services to create and retain good jobs and a high quality of life.

Site Selection Magazine 2001 Rankings
Total New and Expanded Facilities (# of projects)

  1. Michigan (1,419)
  2. Illinois (1,290)
  3. California (1,008)
  4. New York (988)

Governor’s Cup Rankings

  1. Illinois
  2. Kentucky
  3. New York
  4. Michigan (tie)
    Virginia (tie)

Source:Site Selection Magazine, March 2001