For the seventh year in a row, the City of Gillette has been ranked in the top 2.5% of all micropolitan areas according to Policom Corporation's 2014 Economic Strength Rankings. Gillette sits in the top 20 again with an overall rank of 12th. Senior Planner for the City of Gillette Michael Surface said micropolitan communities have a population of at least 10,000 but less than 50,000. Surface said the Town of Wright was also taken into consideration when ranking Gillette.
“We shouldn’t sit on our laurels, but it is something we can be proud of as a community. It shows people are investing here by buying homes, remodeling homes and businesses, and moving new businesses into town.”--- Surface
Surface notes that with the strong presence of the minerals industry, Campbell County has what people need. The establishment of business in Gillette was another key factor that Surface points out for Gillette's strong national ranking.
“Over the past 36 months we have seen around 30 or more new businesses establish themselves in town either by remodeling an existing building or building a new building.” --- Surface
Anther factor pointed out by Surface for the positive economic news is the money generated by the 1% sales tax used by the City of Gillette, Campbell County and the Town of Wright.
“We have strong capital improvement programs that we use “Penny Power” for. And that also helps with the improvement of infrastructure and the creating of new infrastructure, which in turn helps economic development.” --- Surface
Seven Wyoming communities made the top 100. Sheridan was the only other Wyoming community to crack the top 15. Surface said Gillette is the only Wyoming community to consistently enter the top 2.5% over the last seven years.