Pasadena has been recognized as one of the top small cities in North America for the quality of its workforce and proximity to educational institutions.
“fDi Magazine,” a publication of London's “Financial Times” and a provider of foreign direct investment information, ranked Pasadena the third best in Human Resources in the Americas. In the Human Resources rankings, judges considered the variety of skills represented in the workforce and the proximity to universities.
The magazine classifies small cities as having a population of more than 100,000 but less than 250,000. Pasadena’s population is approximately 140,000. Several California cities made the top ten including Irvine, Sunnyvale, and Thousand Oaks. Other US cities included Ann Arbor, MI; Naperville, IL, and Cary, NC.
“The international business community places considerable importance on quality of a labor pool when considering investment options. The people in the greater Pasadena area certainly have a variety of professional talents that are valued by companies,” said Eric Duyshart, Pasadena Economic Development manager, who provided information to “Financial Times” and was pleased to hear Pasadena ranked #3.
New York City earned top honor in the magazine's inaugural “American Cities of the Future” rankings, followed by Chicago and Houston. The rankings focus on a mixture of data and expert opinion to rank cities which have the best prospects for inward investment, economic development and business expansion.
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