Greeley on Walton Foundation Top 10 list of Most Dynamic Metros

Monday June 10, 2019 0 comments Tags: Greeley, Fort Collins, Boulder

BENTONVILLE, Ark. -- Greeley placed No. 8 on the Walton Family Foundation’s 2019 list of “The Most Dynamic Metropolitans” in the U.S.Greeley_logoUSE

Fort Collins and Boulder also ranked high on the list, placing No. 15 and No. 23 respectively.

The Foundation said the study demonstrates that a knowledge-based economy spurs economic growth, with metro areas having knowledge-based economies ranking higher than cities that have yet to make much-needed investments in technology, education, entrepreneurship and commercialization.

To read “The Most Dynamic Metropolitans” executive summary, click here.

“The data show that a knowledge-based economy is key to unlocking economic potential in metropolitan areas across the United States,” said Ross DeVol, the lead researcher and a Walton Fellow.

“Cities making investments in a knowledge-based economy have performed better economically than those that have not.”

“Technology sectors are under-represented, and too little emphasis is placed on supporting entrepreneurs in Heartland metropolitan areas,” DeVol said.

“Investors must be willing to support early-stage firms, and more universities need to embrace commercialization as a critical part of their mission and educational attainment, particularly in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) for economic progress in the Heartland and throughout the nation.”

Each metropolitan area is ranked and reviewed on performance-based metrics, such as job growth, income gains, and the proportion of total jobs at young firms – a key measure of entrepreneurial performance.

“The Most Dynamic Metropolitans” measured key data and ranked 379 metropolitan areas across the United States. The Top 10 metropolitan areas for economic performance are:



Midland, Texas








St. George, Utah


San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California


Austin-Round Rock, Texas


Midland, Michigan


Greeley, Colorado


Elkhart-Goshen, Indiana


San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, California


Bend-Redmond, Oregon


Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Washington