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September 11, 2012
Key Success Factors For Our Future

The project team identified nine counties that grew and developed wealth during the last decade at a higher than expected rate (given their starting circumstances) than other mid-sized central counties. The project team first identified counties with populations ranging from 250,000 to 1,000,000 in 2010. Next suburban counties and state capital counties were deleted from the list. The team used regression analysis to predict expected performance on four criterion: population growth (attractiveness), unemployment rate (economic performance), median home value (wealth) and poverty (equity). Counties that did far better than expected were examined for their closeness to Montgomery County on a variety of measures to select the final 9 counties examined.

View the "Winning Counties" Presentation

High Performing Counties Summary

High Performing Counties - Details & Map