Two East Texas cities rank at top of national economic study

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POSTED: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 6:45pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 7:19pm

Two east Texas cities ranked in the top three in a new national employment study.

Tyler and Longview were ranked number 2 and number 3 respectively in having a strong and diverse economy.

The economic development divisions in both cities noted diversity as a reason for their high ranking.

"It's really going to help tell the story of why Tyler is successful and why companies should look at us," said Tom Mullins of the Tyler Economic Development Council.

"If one area of the economy seems to be a little down, we have several others that remain up ,so we don't ever really feel a hard or heavy hit," said Susan Gill of the Longview Economic Development Corporation.

Tyler ranked second only to Bismark, North Dakota in the top small metro areas in the nation for employment.

In recent weeks, both cities have come out on top in several other rankings.

Tyler was just named number 2 in the best communities to retire.

The Milken Institute put Tyler and Longview in the top 10 "Best Performing Small Cities in America."

Midland, Texas ranked number 5 on this list in "small" metro areas.

In the large metro areas, the Austin region was number 1.

Dallas/Fort Worth was number 3.

Houston was number 9.

To read the full report, visit www.rclco.com.

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