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FDI Magazine ranks Birmingham as one of the top American cities of the future

With the recent announcement of the World Games, an influx of new businesses coming to the downtown area, and the potential for a number of international relationships it’s no surprise that Birmingham has been named an American City of the Future by fDi Magazine. What is surprising is that those around the country are finally starting to take note of all the potential that exists within the Magic City. The magazine examined 421 locations for its study, with five categories in place to evaluate potential cities. Those categories included: economic potential, business friendliness, human capital and lifestyle, cost effectiveness and connectivity. All categories in which Birmingham City Councilor Marcus Lundy note that the citing is making major strides in.

“For years Birmingham has been a city in the shadow of many surrounding municipalities, so it’s refreshing to see our city finally get the recognition that it deserves,” Councilor Lundy said. “The changes that are being made to improve our city, are the first of many to come, and the Council is looking forward to continuing to work with the mayor to elevate this city to an all time high.”

As city leaders continue to look for ways to enhance Birmingham, next steps include looking at areas with the potential for expansion. For years Birmingham has been known as a Medical Mecca, playing home to medical giants such as UAB and St. Vincent’s, but know is the time to expand our opportunities for growth in areas that are unknown to outside developers. Take for instance, the areas of growth that exists around the newly renovated Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport. A 1.7 million-square-foot facility known as the Kaiser Facility is ready for a number of airspace prospects. In addition to the enormous amount of space that exists within the facility, it also has direct runway access to the airport, a plus for many airspace suppliers. City officials plan to showcase the facility during their upcoming trip to Paris for the 2015 Air Show.

“Taking part in these international events, is just one of many steps that we must continue to make to put Birmingham at the forefront of an array of industries,” Council President Johnathan Austin said. “The potential for growth is limitless here, and it’s important that we continue to think beyond the evident, when it comes to looking for opportunities for expansions.”

Other opportunities include, capitalizing on the needs of what it will take to provide a memorable experience for the thousands that will converge on the city for the 2021 World Games. This includes expanding vital industries for visitors including new hotels, restaurants, and points of tourism. The event is expected to have a $256.5 million economic impact on the city and surrounding areas. With the chance to capitalize on a economic return of that magnitude, the race is on to continue to make Birmingham a city that is recognized not just locally but worldwide, and that continues to leave up to it’s recent ranking as an “American City of the Future.”

This article is a contribution from Brittany Sharp (brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov) in the Birmingham City Council Public Information Office. For more information please contact 205.254.2294.