As a soldier in the Army years ago, I often traveled from base to base. Then, as now, the word "home" ideally meant a place somewhere safe and close to work that also featured terrific schools and easy access to restaurants and shops.

 

During a move, you had to find that dream home and get everything settled in 10 days or less prior to reporting to work. It was hard to get it all done, but you did it, and your choices sometimes meant the difference between a good tour or hoping for the next move orders to come in.

 

I remember these old Army days as we launch our first annual "Rating the 'Burbs" issue because I think that the process of choosing a place to live is very similar for business professionals, especially if you are relocating here in the Tristate. Our choice of neighborhoods greatly affects our family, careers and business.

 

As we try to excel in our careers we, by nature, seek to bring others like us into our organizations. We tend to go where opportunity takes us, work hard to make solid wages, and want a healthy environment for our families. This means a safe neighborhood and excellent local schooling options, all in the hopes that one of our largest investments"”our home"”appreciates in value over the years. We want what is best for our family, our employees, and community, because after all, this is where we live. This is why Cincy Business has decided to do "Rating the 'Burbs." We have you, the business professionals, as the audience who are the ones striving to do it all. With information, choices get a little easier.

 

"Rating the 'Burbs" has been in the works for months under the watchful eye of our promoted Editor Greg Loomis. Greg saw the challenge in front of him"”the immense amount of research, calls for information to city and township officials, and data input required"”and took it on with the vigor of a Marine hitting the beach. The editorial staff has done a lot of the heavy lifting and they, too, need to be commended as well as all officials that offered support to make the study possible.

 

So where does your town rank? All communities that have made the list are stellar in their own right. The Tristate as a region is healthy, as towns from the whole area show up and our real estate market has proven to be more stable than most. We whittled the list down to 47, and had to regretfully leave some great communities out. We look forward to getting your feedback and feel that such feedback is essential to drive this feature for years to come. (E-mail us at burbs@cincybusinessmag.com.)

 

Needless to say, it is a time of celebration for those residents living in the top-rated communities. What an accomplishment: Your taxes are being spent wisely and your government should be commended for hitting on all cylinders.

 

I will say this, though: The top towns are now known to a group of business competitors, competitors who love where they live and are not known to take things sitting down. They have the ability to drive changes, and quickly. And for those who disagree with our analysis and whose towns may not have fared as well as you think they should have, it was the fierce Army commander Gen. George Patton who said, "You're never beaten until you admit it." The rematch is scheduled"”April issue, 2008.