Tuesday, September 22, 2009

"City of the Future"

Tulsa identified as "city of the future"

Tulsa identified as "city of the future"

Accolades for Tulsa continue to roll in with fDi magazine’s “North American Cities of the Future” list. Tulsa was named the No. 8 small city of the future.

“Tulsa continues to outperform other cities across the nation in job growth, unemployment, income and cost of living,” said Jim Fram, the Chamber’s senior vice president of economic development. “Add these factors to our diversified and emerging industries, the low cost of doing business and the momentum we've created with attractions like the BOK Center and a new downtown baseball park, and people from all over the world are taking notice of Tulsa and its potential.”

fDi’s list took six months of research to compile with data from nearly 400 North American cities. The magazine, which benchmarks global locations on foreign investment appeal, used six categories to identify cities of the future: economic potential, human resources, cost effectiveness, quality of life, infrastructure and business friendliness.

Cities were categorized by population in order to make data more comparative across city sizes. Tulsa fell into the “small city” category with a population between 100,000 and 500,000.

“Tulsa’s economy and our quality of life attributes compare well to other cities across the country,” Fram said. “If we take full advantage of these attributes today by recruiting new business, expanding existing companies and growing the job market, Tulsa has the opportunity to be one of the greatest tier 1 cities in the United States.”

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