Ranking America’s most future-ready cities

HOMEPAGE_future-ready-ranking_Desktop-Header-v2“San Jose, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Boston and Austin are America’s most future-ready cities—but each arrived on top with a different balance of strengths,” according to criteria from an economic-development summit sponsored by Dell.

“Those were the findings from the Dell Future Ready Economies Model based on insights and criteria developed at the 2015 Strategic Innovation Summit: Enabling Economies for the Future, hosted by Harvard University and sponsored by Dell.

“The model is meant as a tool for cities to gauge their preparation for future growth.

“The summit identified three primary characteristics of Future Ready Economies: the ability to attract people who are engaged in and open to lifelong learning that drives innovation; businesses that thrive in collaborative environments; and infrastructure that provides platforms for people to engage, collaborate, learn and innovate.

‘“We’re very confident these cities will grow faster in the next five to ten years than most other cities,’ said James Diffley, IHS Economics Group Managing Director for U.S. Regional Services.

More details are here.

Top 25 Future Ready Economies:

San Jose, CA
San Francisco, CA
Washington, DC
Boston, MA
Austin, TX
Raleigh, NC
Seattle, WA
Denver, CO
Portland, OR
Dallas-Fort Worth, TX
New York, NY
Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN
Houston, TX
Atlanta, GA
Charlotte, NC
San Diego, CA
Chicago, IL
Louisville, KY
Salt Lake City, UT
Des Moines, IA
Los Angeles, CA
Pittsburgh, PA
Kansas City, MO
Columbus, OH
Philadelphia, PA

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.

One thought on “Ranking America’s most future-ready cities”

  1. I don’t know about those other cities, but with the top two in the Bay Area I hope it includes trying to figure out how people are going to be able to afford to live there.

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