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Apr 03

Chicago Remains Top 10 in Global Cities Index

While New York and London still lead the rankings, Chicago has been a mainstay in the top 10 of the Global Cities Index, coming in at 7th this year.

The Global Cities Index, developed by A.T. Kearney and the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, analyzes 66 cities and determines a comprehensive measurement of a city's global influence. It has been released every 2 years since 2008.

The Index examines global engagement of cities across five dimensions: business activity, human capital, information exchange, cultural experience, and political engagement. New York and Paris have consistently led the rankings while Paris and Tokyo remain far ahead of the rest of the pack. According to the Index, it appears that Beijing and Shanghai may begin pushing these top cities in the next 10 to 20 years.

Chicago is making strides to solidify its standing as a global economic power. Last month, the Chamber released the highly anticipated OECD Territorial Review of Chicago Tri-State Metropolitan Region and World Business Chicago, the city's nonprofit economic development agency, released its “Plan for Economic Growth and Jobs”, which is Mayor Emanuel’s first economic growth plan. In addition, Chicago ranked number four in The Atlantic’s 25 Most Economically Powerful Cities in the World released in September.

For more analysis from A.T. Kearney and to download The Global Cities Index and Emerging Cities Outlook, click here.

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