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Tyler in Top 10 of Best Performing Small Cities

January 29, 2013



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Tyler in Top 10 of Best Performing Small Cities

Tyler has been ranked in the top 10 "Best Performing Small Cities" by the Milken Institute. The Milken Institute, an independent economic think tank based in California, just released its annual list of Best Performing Cities for 2012. The index surveys the nation’s 200 large and 179 smaller metropolitan areas and looks at job growth, salary growth and the number of high-tech industries in the area to determine its rankings.


Tom Ellis, Chairman of the Tyler Economic Development Council said, "Over the past 20 years, Tyler has worked hard to develop a more diverse economy. We think this national ranking shows the success we have had in that effort."


"Tyler’s Industry Growth Initiative is all about creating jobs and an innovation economy that will maintain the tremendous quality of life that our community enjoys," said Tyler Mayor Barbara Bass. "This commitment to focus on our unique strengths is paying off."


Tyler performed strongly in technology-related industries, with 77 percent growth in the telecommunications sector over the last five years.


In total, four Texas cities were in the top 10 including, Odessa, Longview, and Midland.

The complete report can be found at


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