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  1. The City of Anderson was ranked 64th on Forbes Best Small Places for Business and Careers in the United States in 2013. In 2012, 13 companies committed to locate or expand in Anderson, bringing roughly $216 million in investments and 1,100 new jobs to the area. The publication considered factors including income level, economic growth, and educational attainment.

     “Making a publication as important as Forbes is a testimony to the effective job being done. Our City ranked favorably in cost of doing business and job growth," said Mayor Kevin Smith. “Our educational ranking demonstrates our community’s needs to continue to strive and place emphasis on quality of education and training."

    Anderson is showing no signs of slowing economic growth. Since the publication 9 more companies committed to locate or expand in Anderson, bringing $17.1 million in further investments and 299 additional new jobs to the community. City officials credit their ability to grow and retain jobs to networking and growing direct relationships with decision makers, city infrastructure improvements, and quality of life for the citizens of Anderson. 

     

    The City of Anderson is not a rookie to the list. The City was also ranked on the Forbes best Small Place for Business and Careers in the United States in 2007.