Birmingham named among top 10 Mid-Sized American Cities of the Future by international publication

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Birmingham, Alabama skyline. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Birmingham has been ranked one of the top 10 Mid-Sized American Cities of the Future, according to fDi Magazine.

Screenshot of the Top 10 Mid-sized cities list from fDi’s American Cities of the Future 2019/20 Report. Visit  to access the report

The Magic City landed at No. 9 on the list’s 2019-2020 ranking, which was topped by Mississauga, Ontario and included other cities like Salt Lake City, Utah; Raleigh, N.C.; and San Jose in Costa Rica.

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Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin flanked by Mayor Stephen Benjamin(L) and Mayor Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles in front of the American Life Building site of an Opportunity Zone. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Birmingham also was ranked fourth for business friendliness, ninth for human capital and lifestyle and 10th for connectivity. North and South American cities were eligible for the survey.

Screen shot from the fDi’s American Cities of the Future 2019/20 Report of Business Friendly cities

“Birmingham is open for business,” Mayor Randall Woodfin stated in a City of Birmingham news release. “We are committed to making Birmingham a hub for qualified, diverse talent. fDi’s ranking shows that our hard work isn’t going unnoticed as we continue to fulfill our promise of innovation and inclusive growth.”

fDi Magazine is a bi-monthly, London-based news and foreign direct investment publication that reviews global investment activity. The magazine is published by the Financial Times and is considered one of the world’s premier publication for the business of globalization.

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Pat Byington
Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.
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