Irvine Named Among Top Small Cities by FDI Magazine

Friday, September 29, 2017

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Irvine was named among the best cities by the FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) Magazine’s American Cities of the Future Awards 2017-2018, in the following categories:

  • #2 small city - Overall
  • Top 10 small cities - Economic Potential
  • Top 10 small cities - Human Capital and Lifestyle

The awards were formally presented during the International Economic Development “Going Global” Conference in Toronto, Canada.

Accepting the awards on behalf of the Greater Irvine Chamber were Linda DiMario, vice president of Economic Development and Tourism.  

“When you consider the number of cities in the U.S. eligible in each category, Irvine’s rankings in the Overall category and in the two Top Ten categories confirms Irvine’s national and global strength.” DiMario said.

As a member of the IEDC Board of Directors, DiMario was a featured conference speaker and “contestant” in one of the Learning Lab sessions: Economic Development Jeopardy, a playful and educational take on the popular television game show “Jeopardy.” With topics related to economic development, this session offered attendees a well-rounded perspective on many issues facing the industry today. One of the Jeopardy answers was “ This city is the Safest City in America” which gave DiMario the opportunity to tout the city’s economic strengths, particularly in innovation, technology, and life sciences ecosystems, during the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) Conference, the first held outside of the United States.

Along with DiMario, conference speakers included, Michael Langley, CEO, Greater MSP, Minneapolis - Saint Paul, MN; Avery Shenfeld, Ph.D., managing director and chief economist, CIBC Capital Markets, Toronto; Meric Gertler, president, University of Toronto; Craig Richard, C.Ec.D., president and CEO, Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation, Tampa, FL; Michael Wilson, Chairman, Barclays Capital Canada Inc., Toronto; and Richard Florida, author and professor, The Creative Class Group, LLC, Miami Beach, FL. Welcoming remarks for the conference were made by the Brad Duguid, Minister of Economic Development and Growth, Legislative Assembly of Ontario, Toronto; and John Tory, Mayor, City of Toronto.

IEDC is a non-profit, non-partisan membership organization serving economic developers. With more than 5,000 members, it is the largest organization of its kind. 

For more about economic development opportunities in Irvine and Orange County, contact Linda DiMario.

Category: Chamber News, Economic Development