LeTourneau University S. E. Belcher Jr. Chapel and Performance Center located in Longview, Texas

In its yearly national economic survey the Milken Institute has ranked Longview 6th in a field of 179 of the nation’s small city metro areas for the year 2012. Milken makes and releases this annual survey to recognize economically high-performing large and small cities. Longview ranked 9th in 2011.

Milken is a non-profit economic think tank dedicated to improving the standard of living worldwide by furthering financial and policy solutions in hopes of creating jobs, widening access to capital, and improving physical health. This is achieved by aggressively pursuing independent research whose impact is enhanced through conventions of international leaders in business, finance, government and philanthropy. By thus furthering cooperation between the public and private sectors Milken puts words into action.

The Longview Metropolitan Statistical Area comprises Gregg,

Rusk and Upshur counties. Milkin reports this region enjoys “a diversified economy with comparable share of employment in education, health services, government, manufacturing and retail.” Ongoing, accelerating salary increases have also fostered the steadily improving economy.

Besides Longview, ten Texas cities ranked in the Top 10- Odessa at #4,

Midland at #8, and Tyler at #9.

For a copy of the 2012 Milkin Report please visit the Longview Chamber of Commerce website at


By Kelly Bell