Toledo, Ohio for
a Top Ten Overall ranking and as the Most
Business Friendly Winner in the Top Five rankings in the 2007/2008
North American Cities of the Future competition by fDi magazine for the
Cities category (500,000 to 2 million population). This competitive ranking
is featured in the April 2007 issue of fDi magazine.
This unique global benchmarking research project compared business
investment climates and urban development across North America. This
business location benchmarking and "short list" screening process is similar
to the approach commonly used by professional consultants.
The "City of
the Future" competition is held every other year in regions around the world
by fDi magazine -
Foreign Direct Investment, which is published by the Financial Times group.
There were a
record 108 nominations from city economic development agencies in metro
areas across the USA, Canada, and Mexico for this very competitive
selection process involving nine months of research work and independent
expert review of more than 60 facts provided by the nominated cities.
The Toledo awards as below were presented to the Mayor of
Toledo in a ceremony hosted by fDi magazine on May 7, 2007.
City of Toledo, Ohio - Economic Development
Mayor's office in Toledo -
press release about the award
Media contact: Brian Schwartz TEL 419-245-1016
City of Toledo
Economic Development: TEL 419-245-1470
Toledo Blade article, April 24, 2007 - "Toledo officials hail
city-of-future rating", by Tom Troy
Lucas County Port Authority -
news on website
Radio interview: Bruce Rumpf interviewed Bruce Donnelly on
the "Jobs Gone Wild" Job1USA
radio talk show in Toledo about the fDi Cities of the Future awards. May 5, 2007 on
"Supertalk 1560" radio
April 23, 2007 fDi press release
announcing the winners
List of winners. Background: fDi Cities of the Future
development agency directory for Ohio.
Bruce Donnelly, fDi marketing representative in the USA