So this article lists the "Best" and "Worst" run cities in the U.S. The list includes:
1. Virginia Beach, Va.
2. Irvine, Calif.
3. Madison, Wis.
3. Newark, N.J.
2. Detroit, Mich.
1. Miami, Fla.
The metrics used are:
- access to jobs
- booming industry
- near other major urban areas that create employment opportunities
So if we put a list together, how would your community, state, or region do? Personally, I think that the metrics are a bit weak. Basing the status of how well something is being run on how well you are promoting job growth, is a pretty poor standard. Booming industry? I guess that if you don't have natural resources or tech geniuses you can't have a well run city?
To me, better metrics would be:
- Community debt
- number of jobs in local, regional, and state government
- number of private jobs in local, regional, and state area
- Comparison of services provided by community