It's been going on for years and 2012 was no different. National publications and industry experts keep handing out praise and accolades to Danville.
Jody Lassiter, president/CEO of the Danville/Boyle County Economic Development Partnership is especially pleased that Danville was named the No. 1 micropolitan area in Kentucky for new and expanding business projects. That lofty recognition was courtesy of Site Selection magazine.
“Site Selection is primarily read by industrial developers and is the Wall Street Journal of economic development,” Lassiter says. “It's the magazine that site selection consultants and economic developers really pay attention to. Recognition from Site Selection is very satisfying for us.”
Lassiter says Danville has good reason to make the magazine's list because the city has experienced industrial growth and expansions in recent times. That includes expansions at American Greetings, Caterpillar, Dana Corp. and Denyo, while a Central Kentucky Cancer Center has opened to serve regional cancer patients.
“In addition, British-based Meggitt Aircraft Braking Systems constructed a manufacturing facility in Danville in 2006, and they recently wanted to build another facility,” Lassiter says. “They narrowed their search to us and eight other states, and ultimately chose Danville – for the second time.”
Nice Place To Retire
Besides industry, Danville is getting attention on the retirement front. CNN Money ranked the city among the 25 Best Places to Retire in the U.S., citing reasons such as affordable housing prices, low crime rate, amenities, cost of living, and reasonable distances to larger communities such as Lexington and Louisville.
“As a result, Danville has been receiving many inquiries from retirees since that announcement,” Lassiter says. “Additionally, Bankrate.com named Danville one of the 10 Best Places to Retire based on home prices, and Bestboomertowns.com has ranked the city among the Best 21 Places to Retire for Baby Boomers.”
A Top Small Town
Danville has also been recognized by the National Trust for Historic Preservation for the community's attention to retaining the historic charm of its downtown Main Street district.
“Livability.com chose Danville as one of the Top Cities in America for Historic Preservation, ranking us with preservation stalwarts like Charleston and Savannah,” Lassiter says. “Livability.com also listed us as one of the Top 10 Small Towns in the U.S., which is a recognition we will really market.”
Vice Presidential Debate
Another accolade for Danville in 2012 was being among six finalists in a Rand McNally/USA Today''s Best of the Road competition, which searched for the most beautiful town in the country. Rand McNally listed several Danville sites as contributors to the city’s overall beauty, including the Great American Dollhouse Museum, Millennium Park and Mermaids Bistro.
“I should also mention that the only 2012 vice presidential debate between Joseph Biden and Paul Ryan occurred in Danville at Centre College, and it was actually the second vice presidential debate that Danville has hosted, with Dick Cheney vs. Joe Lieberman taking place here in 2000,” Lassiter says. “This is what Danville is all about – historic preservation mixed with progressiveness, plus beautiful attractions, scenic Kentucky countryside and a great place to retire.”