DECATUR — Global Trade magazine is recognizing Decatur for economic development.
The publication each year looks at cities it says are the best places to do business, based on what's been accomplished, what's planned and how global trade has responded to the efforts.
Decatur is on the "Cities to Watch" list, for communities that "deserve attention for their economic climate and the efforts that the leadership and the great citizens are putting in to make their cities great places in which to live and do business."
Fifteen cities are on that list, including Baltimore; Madison, Wisconsin; and Reno, Nevada.
“The recognition by Global Trade Magazine comes at a great time for the community,” said Ryan McCrady, president of the Economic Development Corporation of Decatur-Macon County. “Our local economic indicators such as total employment and wages earned continue to show strong improvements over recent years. Combine that with Decatur’s global business presence down to local education opportunities and recreation enhancements, we should be a top city to watch. We’re making positive strides on several significant fronts.”
The EDC pointed to the Midwest Inland Port, a transportation hub for goods in Decatur, as well as the city's ranking at the top of the state for export container origination. Business development efforts "have brought renewed attention to the region, and additional recognition for industry and quality of life have helped shape the recent upturn in the local economy," the agency said in a statement.
The groundbreaking ceremony for the Macon County Beltway may be over, but now forward momentum for the $220 million project is dependent on a familiar factor — the availability of federal funds.