Birmingham in the Top 50 Twice This Week
It’s only Monday and Birmingham hits it big on two new rankings. The Birmingham News is reporting that Birmingham makes the 2007 list of Hot Cities for relocation in the Jan/Feb issue of Expansion Management magazine:
Birmingham, Huntsville and Mobile are among “America’s 50 Hottest Cities” for relocating and expanding manufacturing companies, says Penton’s Expansion Management. The business magazine for executives actively looking to expand or relocate their operations released its ninth top-city-choices list this week. It appeared in its January-February 2007 issue. Alabama joins Arizona, South Carolina and Virginia with three cities on the list. Florida and Texas led with five cities each followed by North Carolina and Tennessee with four places. Cities are listed based on the magazine’s survey of professional industry site location consultants. The consultants were asked to identify cities their clients find most attractive when searching for a new home. Factors considered are business climate, work force quality, operating costs, incentive programs, and the ease of working with local political and economic development officials.
Meanwhile, the Birmingham Business Journal reports that of 100 major metropolitan areas that we rank No. 46 on list of top cities for jobs.
Birmingham ranked in the Top 100 Best Cities for Jobs according to data compiled by Forbes.com and Moody’s economy.com, beating out such hot spots for college graduates as Philadelphia, Denver and New York. Out of 100 major metropolitan cities, Birmingham-Hoover ranked 46th overall. The metro area filled the No. 14 spot for unemployment and the No. 28 spot for income growth. Its median household income ranked No. 96 out of 100. The metro area was No. 42 for cost of living and No. 58 for job growth.
Hurrah! It’s clear we have work to do as a region, but it’s always nice to see some national recognition.