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Strong Credit Factors the Key to 'AAA' Category for Thirteen U.S. Municipalities Over Past Year Jun 02

  • ID: 1791551
  • June 2002
  • Region: United States
  • Standard & Poors
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  • Alexandria
  • Columbus
  • Harvard Univ
  • Mountain View
  • Plano
  • Stanford Univ
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Since our February 2001 review of 'AAA' rated communities, 13 additional municipalities have earned Standard & Poor's highest general obligation rating. In fact, since 2000, 20 new 'AAA' ratings have been assigned, bringing the total to 54 municipalities holding this highest rating. Last year's entrants into the highest rating include: Bedford, N.Y. Cary, N.C. Dover, Mass. Greenwich, Conn. Hinsdale, Ill. Needham, Mass. Princeton Township, N.J. Scottsdale, Ariz. Seattle, Wash. St. Paul, Minn. Town & Country, Mo. Westlake, Ohio Weston, Mass. The recent additions all displayed common key factors leading to their 'AAA' ratings: proactive management; low to moderate debt levels; economies that have outperformed the region in recessions and expansions; typically higher wealth levels; and strong financial positions that provide...

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- Avon
- Fairfield
- Hartford
- Norwalk
- Ridgefield Twn
- West Hartford Twn
- Palo Alto
- Cambridge
- Harvard Univ
- Coral Gables
- Columbus
- Winston-Salem
- Greensboro
- Charlotte
- Cary
- Summit
- Pennsylvania
- State of Ohio
- North Carolina
- New York State
- New Jersey
- Missouri
- Minnesota
- Massachusetts
- Illinois
- Omaha
- Lincoln
- St. Paul
- Minneapolis
- Bloomington
- Alexandria
- Charlottesville
- Seattle
- Plano
- Dallas
- Irving
- Naperville
- Indianapolis
- Arizona
- State of Washington
- Stamford
- Connecticut
- Santa Monica
- Ridgewood Vill
- Germantown
- Stanford Univ
- Hinsdale
- Wellesley
- Weston
- Greenwich
- Sudbury
- Bloomfield Hills
- Bedford Twn
- Scottsdale
- Boca Raton
- Raleigh
- Durham
- Rochester
- Lower Merion Twp
- Mountain View
- Westlake
- Roswell
- Overland Park
- Duke Univ
- Needham
- Wake Forest Univ
- Town & Country

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