Gahanna has been recognized an "American City of the Future."

Gahanna has been recognized an "American City of the Future."

Every year fDi Intelligence publishes a report called American Cities of the Future, ranking cities in North America under five categories: economic potential, business friendliness, human capital and lifestyle, cost effectiveness and connectivity.

fDi Intelligence is a division of the Financial Times Ltd. and is a globally recognized source of information on foreign direct investment and investment promotion.

In the April/May report, Gahanna was recognized in the Top 10 Micro American Cities of the Future for its economic potential and human capital and lifestyle.

Ranking above Gahanna for economic potential were Greenville, S.C.; Plattsburgh, N.Y.; Wilmington, Del.; Sante Fe Springs, Calif.; Langley, British Columbia (Canada); Franklin, Wis.; Idaho Falls, Idaho; and Meridian, Idaho. Ranked 10th was North Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada).

"This is global recognition for Gahanna," said Anthony Jones, development director. "It will help our efforts in attracting private investment and a talented workforce to our community."

He said the city's new economic-development plan (see related story) places a priority on many of the indicators highlighted within the American Cities of the Future report.

"It is encouraging to be recognized for the progress we have made to ensure that Gahanna is a great place for businesses," Jones said.

The Top 10 (listed in order) in human capital and lifestyle were Plattsburgh, N.Y.; Greenville, S.C.; Fredericton, New Brunswick (Canada); Bismarck, N.D.; Brantford, Ontario (Canada); Santa Fe Springs, Calif.; Wooster; Franklin, Wis.; Gahanna; and Pocatello, Idaho.

In total, 421 locations were analyzed for the study. Data then were collected for these 421 locations under the five categories.

Locations scored up to a maximum of 10 points for each datapoint, which was weighted by importance to the FDI decision-making process in an effort to compile both the subcategory rankings and the overall "American Cities of the Future 2015/16" ranking.