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At a time when many cities are struggling - one cite is moving forward.

Clinton has learned that a company that ranks cites based on economic growth is seeing great potential in the river city. 

Policom -  a company that ranks city economies has ranked Clinton 105th nationally - in towns with populations of 10,000 - 50,000.

That is up from being ranked 247th about a decade ago.

The reason for the major growth basically comes down to three factors.

First - Clinton businesses are creating high paying, meaningful jobs. From 200-2011, the number of households making over $75,000 has risen by nearly 2,000.

Also - a lot of new business has come to Clinton. 80 since 2004.

And with unemployment rates at some of the lowest in years - there is a feeling in Clinton that something special has started.

And a lot of people are looking to be part of it.

Like two sisters - Erin and Emily.

They have lived in Clinton their entire lives - and now they have decided to invest in their community.

Seven months ago - they opened The Painted Rooster - a boutique store that wants to bring style to a recovering downtown area.

"We always tell people to look in Clinton first," says Co-Owner Erin George. "You can always be surprised by what you find locally."

Over the last decade, seeing new business pop up in Clinton has become a more common site.

And with more businesses comes more jobs.

And with more jobs comes more money for the city.

"People want to live where businesses are thriving," Says Chamber of Commerce CEO, Nathan Sondgeroth. "In the same way - businesses that want to expand want to be where people are living. One feeds on the other"

Clinton has had a long history of industry in the area. 

During the last 25 years - some large businesses have left - or been bought out.

But not, city leader believe things are turning around. 

And that spells good news for every one in Clinton. 

Meaning everything from possible lower property taxes to more tax benefits available to new businesses.

"While our ranking have gone up, it hasn't been overnight," says Sondgeroth. "It's been a consistent vision."

Clinton Mayor Mark Vulich has lived in Clinton his entire life.

He says while rankings are good to look at - Clinton will not rest now.

"We can't sit on those laurels. We have to keep moving forward. That's one accomplishment but what are we going to do next month? And the next?"