Movin' on up
Johnson City has recently been ranked No. 28 on a Forbes list of the nation’s best small places for business and careers, a recognition local officials say is thrilling and well-deserved.
“We’re thrilled we’re moving up and we almost cracked the top 25,” said Robert Reynolds, CEO of the Washington County Economic Development Council. “It says a lot about the community and the leadership we have here. This validates a lot of things everybody in the community has been working on. It’s a great place to live and work, and we’re thrilled to be recognized by a national publication.”
Forbes lists metro Johnson City as having a population of 199,000, with major industries of education and health care. The metro area produces $7 billion annually, and has a median household income of $35,283, according to the magazine. The list uses metrics relating to job growth, business and living costs, educational attainment, quality of life issues, and college presence, among other factors, to determine the rankings.
In 2010, Johnson City ranked 35th on the list.
“We moved from 35th in 2010 to 28th for 2011, so we are making progress,” said Johnson City/Jonesborough/Washington County Chamber of Commerce CEO Gary Mabrey.
Mabrey said Johnson City has historically been ranked well in Forbes lists, including being in the top 10 small metro communities in 2006 and 2007, and currently ranking No. 22 on the list of cost of doing business.