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Santa Clarita Ranked In Top Small Cities of The Future

Santa Clarita Ranked In Top Small Cities of The Future

Santa Clarita has been selected for placement on the "Top Ten Small Cities of the Future" in fDi Intelligence, an international publication from the London Financial Times which provides foreign investment information. Ranked in the top three, Santa Clarita has been recognized for growth and potential for profitable investment. The news was announced during the  publication's American Cities of the Future Awards, 2011/2012, where Santa Clarita also earned honors in the strategy category.

To be considered small, the city must have a population over 100,000 but under 250,000. Besides size, the requirements are based on a list of criteria including: economic potential, business friendliness, quality of life, potential for outside  investment, and prospect of business expansion.

Business growth and potential for investment were the most important criteria in the judgment, and growth does not  necessarily just refer to hiring more employees. For growth, there are  many options, including diversifying your product,  targeting other markets, and of course, opening new locations. However, many businesses are viewing the Internet as the  last frontier for business expansion. To take advantage of search engine ranking, businesses who choose to increase visibility online must take advantage of technology available, such as online marketing companies, high-speed wired routers, and social networking.

Within the judging was a consideration for the number of resources directed to encouraging inward investment, training, key growth initiatives, infrastructure, and urban planning by the city.

Other cities in the top three were Huntsville, AL and Richmond, VA. Santa Clarita has been a prominent figure in Southern  California, due to reliable public transportation, top-performing school systems, amenities, business process, and housing.  Also, businesses located in the Enterprise Zone are offered government incentives which lower its state income tax.

The awards ceremony will be presented June 29 in Washington, D.C. by the editor of fDi magazine. The magazine will also  present awards for the "American Cities of the Future" list, which includes cities over 250,000. The list includes New York,  Chicago, and Houston. These cities were judged for the same criteria as the small cities list.

Other top honors have been bestowed on Santa Clarita in the past few years, including second safest city in the US by the FBI for populations over 150,000.

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