Here’s a bit of month old news I don’t remember getting much local press:
The Seattle, WA metropolitan area has the strongest local economy in the nation according to POLICOM Corporation’s annual economic strength rankings. Edwards, CO is top among the “Micropolitan” areas, which are smaller urban centers.
“The top rated areas have had rapid, consistent growth in both size and quality for an extended period of time,” stated William H. Fruth, President of POLICOM. POLICOM, located in Palm City, FL, specializes in analyzing local and state economies.
“The rankings do not reflect the latest ‘hotspot’ or boom town, but the areas which have the best economic foundation,” Fruth continued. “While most communities have slowed or declined during this recession, the strongest areas have been able to weather the storm.”
We hear an awful lot from our local media and Republican critics about how fucked up we are around here… about how our taxes are too high and our government budgets too big and our regulations too oppressive and all that. And yet, year after year, in reports and studies and surveys, Washington state in general, and the Puget Sound region in particular consistently ranks near the top in economic strength, quality of life, business climate, government efficiency and everything else that leads to prosperity.
It’s not like we don’t have problems to solve, but honestly, what a bunch of whiners we can be.