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Louisville ranked a “most future-ready” city

Louisville, Ky. – A new study from Dell, the Future Ready Economics Model, ranks Louisville as one of the most future-ready cities in the country.

The model is based on insights and criteria developed at the 2015 Strategic Innovation Summit: Enabling Economies of 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.

Louisville came in at No. 18 in the Top 25 list (see below). San Jose and San Francisco in California took the top spots, followed by Washington D.C.

“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.

All but six of the 25 most future-ready cities have open data initiatives. Five of the top ten cities were among the six highest concentrations of venture capital. And four were in the top ten cities for affordable energy.

The index revealed that future readiness is not dependent on geography or being “better” than other economies, but rather relies on finding the strengths in a given economy and capitalizing on them.

“For instance, Louisville was impressive. They seem to be set up to take advantage of natural advantages they have,” Diffley said. “Is Louisville going to do better than San Jose? No, but I think Louisville will get the best out of their potential.”

Click here to see how the rankings were derived.

Top 25 Future Ready Economies:

  1. San Jose, CA
  2. San Francisco, CA
  3. Washington, DC
  4. Boston, MA
  5. Austin, TX
  6. Raleigh, NC
  7. Seattle, WA
  8. Denver, CO
  9. Portland, OR
  10. Dallas-Fort Worth, TX
  11. New York, NY
  12. Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN
  13. Houston, TX
  14. Atlanta, GA
  15. Charlotte, NC
  16. San Diego, CA
  17. Chicago, IL
  18. Louisville, KY
  19. Salt Lake City, UT
  20. Des Moines, IA
  21. Los Angeles, CA
  22. Pittsburgh, PA
  23. Kansas City, MO
  24. Columbus, OH
  25. Philadelphia, PA