Bismarck, Fargo rank in “best performing cities” index

BISMARCK –Two North Dakota cities rank highly in the 2012 Milken Institute Best-Performing Cities Index (179 smallest metro listing).

Bismarck ranks 3rd while Fargo ranks 5th.

“These rankings by the Milken Institute are evidence of North Dakota’s strong economy, diverse community offerings and good quality of life,” North Dakota Commerce Commissioner Alan Anderson said. “It is also strong evidence that local leaders and business people are working hard to support a growing economy that is creating new jobs while the opposite is true in many other states.”

The 2012 Milken Institute Best-Performing Cities Index ranks U.S. metropolitan areas by how well they are creating and sustaining jobs and economic growth. The components include job, wage and salary, and technology growth.

The annual index provides a snapshot of where America’s jobs are being created and sustained. It factors in both long and short-term indicators of employment and salary growth, as well as technology output measurements.

The full report is available at http://bestcities.milkeninstitute.org.

The North Dakota Department of Commerce works to improve the quality of life for North Dakota citizens by leading efforts to attract, retain and expand wealth. Commerce serves businesses and communities statewide through committed people and partners who offer valuable programs and dynamic services.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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