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7/1/2015   - Plattsburgh - A Great Place for Millennials

     The North Country Chamber of Commerce is welcoming the ranking of Plattsburgh among the "Top Ten Best Towns in New York to Live for Millennials". The ranking comes from, a website designed to explore and compare places, schools and colleges. Towns are defined as communities with under 100,000 population, with Plattsburgh ranked #7 statewide.
     According to the website, a high ranking indicates that a community attracts millennials with an affordable, diverse community and lots of things to do. Ranking criteria include: ease of commuting; percentage of residents aged 24-34 and percentage of these residents who moved to an area in the last year; crime and safety factors; unemployment rates; access to bars, restaurants and coffee shops; median rent and the rent to income ratio; higher education rates; and resident diversity.
     "This ranking is another indication of our readiness for the future," states Garry Douglas, President of the North Country Chamber of Commerce. "The ability to retain and ultimately attract the millennial generation is pivotal to our future economy and quality of life, and this is a strong indication that we are well positioned in our area, providing a strong foundation to build upon to further enhance our future appeal."
     This ranking follows several other positive rankings of the Plattsburgh area in recent months, including placement among the Top 10 micropolitan cities for economic development success last year by Site Selection Magazine and ranking as the #2 "Micropolitan City of the Future" by fDi (Foreign Direct Investment) Magazine.

     According to Douglas, such rankings "help to confirm that our economic development strategies are on the right course, especially when you see several high rankings from different sources, and they serve as great marketing tools, telling prospective employers, investors and employees that there's a place called Plattsburgh they should learn more about."

     The Top 10 Millennial Towns in New York State also included Watertown as #4, with four other North Country communities among the top fifty:  Ogdensburg (#16), Saranac Lake (#41), Malone (#43), and Potsdam (#44).

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