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Franklin named a "Top 10 Overall Micro American City of the Future" by Foreign Direct Investment Magazine - April/May 2015

A subsidiary of the Financial Times, FDI has named Franklin and Milwaukee, WI as "American Stars" and distinguished cities of the future as it relates to economic potential. To create their ranking, FDI analyzed 421 locations throughout the world on such factors as connectivity, human capital, cost effectiveness, and business friendliness. Cities were then categorized by size and ranked according to overall score.  Read the complete article.

Franklin ranked among top 100 cities to live in America!Franklin Ranked Among “Best Places to Live”! - September 2011

Money Magazine, a national financial magazine, ranked the City of Franklin among the top 100 cities to live in America, ranking 94th. Based on small towns with populations under 50,000, cities were ranked on qualities most important to the American family—not too expensive, great job opportunities, top-notch schools, safe streets, economic strength, good health care, and more.  

With Northwestern Mutual’s International Headquarters being based in Franklin, the close proximity of Franklin to four major highways, its good schools, and its 35 square miles for plenty of room to spread out were just some of the highlights that bestowed Franklin as being ranked among the “best places to live”! View the complete Money Magazine Article “America’s Best Places to Live”.

Top City Government Website Award from is Recognized as one of the Top City Government Websites by - August 2010 

The City of Franklin’s website,, has been recognized by as one of the top City government websites in the State of Wisconsin for its excellence in web design and content.  After reviewing 3,000+ government portals, Franklin’s website was chosen for its “impressively rich information, useful services, and excellent visual design”. is a search engine that provides factual information on hundreds of thousands of the web’s most popular topics and products by assessing and combining facts and information from the most trusted sources on the web to create a complete information set on each product and topic in their database.

Conceptual View of S. 27th Street CorridorFranklin Honored for S. 27th Street Corridor Efforts - June 19, 2008 

The Public Policy Forum recognized Franklin and Oak Creek for their collaborative work on the South 27th Street Corridor Project as part of its "Salute to Local Government" awards banquet held June 19, 2008.  Both cities were awarded an Honorable Mention in the Intergovernmental Cooperation category, which recognizes partnerships between governmental bodies.  

"The South 27th Street Corridor is a monumental cooperative effort between Franklin and Oak Creek and it is estimated to bring $2 billion in economic growth to our two cities," said Franklin Mayor Tom Taylor. "We are very grateful for this recognition."

Oak Creek Mayor Dick Bolender echoed this sentiment, "We are proud of this honor for our efforts. This project will grow our tax base, bring family-supporting jobs, and improve the quality of life for our residents." 

Last year, Franklin and Oak Creek jointly received the 2007 Wisconsin Good Government Award for their cooperative planning efforts to prepare the South 27th Street Corridor for high-quality business development.

Franklin Receives Good Government Award - October 5, 2007

The Cities of Franklin and Oak Creek were named winners of the 2007 Wisconsin Good Government Award for the cooperative planning efforts in developing the South 27th Street Corridor, the 6-mile stretch that forms the border between Franklin and Oak Creek.   

Sponsored by Foth, a Wisconsin-based consulting engineering firm, the Wisconsin Good Government Award program recognizes outstanding examples of intergovernmental cooperation and local government cost saving efforts throughout the state.

According to the judging panel, "This is how planning should be done. This is probably the most comprehensive, well-conceived approach to community planning we have reviewed. Not just good government, but good sense. Really forward thinking."  

The Good Government Award was presented to the Mayors of both Cities on October 5, 2007 at the Annual League of Wisconsin Municipalities Conference. The Award also entails a $1,000 Community Enhancement Grant for each community, which was presented to the City of Franklin at the Common Council meeting of November 6, 2007.

Franklin Designated as a "City of the Future"! - April/May 2007 

An article in the April/May 2007 issue of the Foreign Direct Investment (fDi) magazine designates Franklin, Wisconsin, as a "City of the Future"! fDi is an international magazine published by the Financial Times of London. Franklin was invited, along with a total of 108 other cities across North America, to answer 60 or more questions in 7 categories. The cities, categorized by size, were scored by a panel of judges on a variety of criteria including Economic Potential, Cost Effectiveness, Human Resources, Quality of Life, Infrastructure, and Business Friendliness. Franklin was included in the "Micro cities with a population of less than 100,000" group and ranked in the following categories:

2nd for Micro Cities: Best Human Resources

4th for Micro Cities: Best Infrastructure

5th for Average Earnings Growth 2004-2005

3rd for Percentage of Population with a Degree

10th for Fall in Unemployment 2004-2005