Pittsburgh – Top Large CityPittsburgh in Pennsylvania climbed from ninth position in the 2009/10 ranking to be crowned as the number one Large American City of the Future 2011/12. The Canadian city of Halifax ranked second, followed closely by Charlotte, North Carolina.Seattle ranked as the top large city in both the economic potential and infrastructure categories. fDi ’s independent judging panel was impressed by the FDI strategy information submitted by Victoria, Canada, which resulted in the city claiming the top position in this category, followed by Charlotte and Pittsburgh.
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As you can imagine, the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance is all over this self-promotion opportunity. I recommend watching the short video interviews with the likes of Greg Babe, CEO of Bayer. The narrative is well-crafted. Pittsburgh is on top because of talent and strategic location. The region sits between major markets in the Midwest and along the East Coast.
From the standpoint of that particular economic geography, what other city can compete with Pittsburgh? Then consider the regional workforce and the strong institutions of talent production. Critics tend to overlook these advantages and focus on the population data. The "shrinking city" tag is the only reason the fDi Magazine rankings are such a surprise.
Top 10 Large Cities of the Future (Population more than 250,000 but less than 750,000)
- Las Vegas
- St. Louis