Bryan County was recently named one of the top counties in America for fastest job growth by Money Magazine.
Bryan County didn’t make the Top 100 list of the magazine’s Best Places to Live, but ranked 11th out of 25 counties across the nation in job growth with a listed growth rate of 46.4 percent over a six-year time span.
Richmond Hill was included as the county’s hotspot area for growth.
"This southeastern region is a testament to the notion that even if you don’t build it, they just might come anyway," stated Money on CNNMoney.com.
"Five years ago, when DaimlerChrysler said it was setting up shop in the area, developers scrambled to find places to build. Even after the automaker said it wasn’t coming, the developers pushed ahead," the web site said. "The county has undergone an economic rebirth, complete with a 272-acre industrial park."
Mayor Richard Davis understands why Bryan County is a good place to work.
"I think it has a lot to say about the county and the city," he said. "I think we’re progressing and we accept growth—but we also try to control it somewhat, in order to maintain our quality of life. We have an excellent school system, and I think if you take it all added together, then yes, we are one of the top places to live in the country."
"I’m just glad to be a part of it," Davis finished.
Pembroke Mayor Judy Cook said, "We have noticed over the past year that the influx of people moving to the area are mainly retirees — including military and people who are relocating from Florida — as well as young families. We, as a community, have to continue promoting Bryan County."
County officials could not be reached Tuesday.
According to the web site, "Employment is an important factor when it comes to choosing Money Magazine’s Best Places to Live."
The report was based on the percentage of job growth from 2000 to 2006, as provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.