CNN Money: Rockwall Co. first in nation in job growth over last 10 years

ROCKWALL – Rockwall County has experienced the most job growth in the nation over the last ten years, the editors of CNN Money magazine announced this past week.

According to CNN Money, job growth between 2000-2010 increased 97.9 percent. Cities mentioned were Rockwall and Heath.

Second was Loudoun County VA, “the Silicon Valley of the East,” including Leesburg, at 75.3 percent.

Third was Williamson Co. TX, including Round Rock, home of Dell Computer, at 68.1 percent.

The announcement resulted in a CBS11 TV news story, quoting local officials.

As described by CNN Money:

“Rockwall County is rockin’ and rollin’ at the top of our list for job creation. It may be the Lone Star State’s smallest county, but it’s one of Texas’s fastest growing, with a population that’s almost doubled in the last decade.

The county borders Lake Ray Hubbard in the northeast corner of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Development there once centered on homes and recreation, but now Rockwall wants to be a place where its wealthy residents live, play — and work.

Like many of the counties on our list, Rockwall is luring businesses and jobs from nearby big cities with generous incentives and a higher quality of life. The latest development is Harbor Heights, a seven-story 110,000 square foot office tower slated to open next year. Major corporations like L-3 Communications and Pilgrim’s Pride make their home in the Rockwall Technology Park where more companies are expected to join their ranks.”

By J.J. Smith

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