Grant Sarver July 21, 2020

The allure of big cities with dense urban cores and vast transportation systems has been fading recently according to a survey released by the Site Selectors Guild. Corporations and residents alike are flocking to mid-sized cities and suburbs. Net migration to these areas has been 200% higher than big cities since 2014, Lidia Dinkova says in her article. Some of the most attractive cities mentioned in the SSG survey include Greenville, SC, Reno, NV, and Colorado Springs, CO.

COVID-19 may be partly to blame as densely populated urban areas facilitate the spread of the virus. Caps on state and local tax deductions for corporations are also driving the push to smaller cities. Expect to see more development and infrastructure contracting in these areas if these trends continue.

The Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) is requesting proposals for a study of the City of Seabrook to further their Livable Centers program. “The intent of the study is to create a neighborhood integrated and connected into its immediate and larger, regional surroundings by building a walkable, transit-friendly community with enhanced access to employment opportunities, civic infrastructure and amenities, and promote healthy lifestyles through increased connectivity of greenspace and trails that can improve people’s daily lives.” The project aims to build a better, more cohesive, and efficiently planned community. Bids for this opportunity are due August 10.


The City of Charlotte, North Carolina, requires the installation and maintenance of a petroleum tank. The contract includes four different services for its fuel systems: service and maintenance of electronic and leak monitoring systems, installation of new or repaired systems, testing tank systems and components, and miscellaneous tasks like vacuuming and pumping tanks and alternative fuel support. Bids for this opportunity are due August 10.

Mid-sized cities are offering more attractive incentives than big cities. They can have the same fun nightlife, restaurants, and activities that big cities offer, but they have lowering housing costs and allow people to get more bang for their buck. Forget New York City, the new dream city is Oklahoma City.

About the Author

Grant Sarver is from Suwanee, Georgia. He is currently an undergraduate pursuing Bachelor’s degrees in International Affairs and Sociology at the University of Georgia with an expected graduation in December 2020. He is most interested in human rights and social equality and plans to work for an entity that helps fulfill people’s human rights.