POSTED: Thursday, December 26, 2013 - 6:16pm
UPDATED: Thursday, December 26, 2013 - 7:31pm
Longview, TX (KETK) — According to the Milken Institute's list of the country's best-performing small cities, Longview makes the list at number seven out of 179.
The ranking puts them second in the state of Texas. Longview city spokesperson Shawn Hara says, " well you know Longview really has a diversified economy, there's a lot of different industry that's here..there's retail, medical."
This is Longview's third time on the list, in 2011 they were number 10 and last year they peaked at number six. Hara says it's not a problem that they've dropped a spot, " these lists change from year to year..just slight differences and so the factors were a little bit different..but ultimately what it shows is that Longview continues to be one of the top performing cities in the country."
Longview tops the list because of its population and job growth and the city's booming energy and manufacturing industries.
Judy Kennemer has owned a Merle Norman in Longview for 20 years, she says it's easy to see why Longview does so well, " we have a lot of conveniences that you have in the larger cities but we also have the convenience of not being so congested, not having traffic problems."
Tyler made the list as well, falling to number 48 from nine last year, but Mayor Pro Temp Martin Heines says he's not worried about that, he's looking forward to the future. The city has plans for expanison and they are expecting hundreds of new jobs.
Austin, Houston, and Fort Worth-Arlington made the top ten of the large city list.