Greenville recognized as an American City of the Future

Greenville's educational institutions, medical facilities and workforce have earned it high marks in a survey aimed at international investors. The Pitt County city is one of the Top 10 Micro American Cities of the Future in two categories of a survey published annually by fDi Magazine, a publication of The Financial Times that provides an up-to-date review of global investment activity. "It is wonderful that Greenville continues to receive this type of attention," City Manager Barbara Lipscomb said in a press release. "A strong medical and university community along with a highly educated workforce and outstanding support for entrepreneurs make Greenville an attractive destination for new investment and rankings such as these are evidence that our hidden gem is being discovered. "We will continue to build on our recent momentum and ensure that Greenville continues to be recognized as a premier location for investment now and in the future." In the survey, Greenville earned 6th place in Cost Effectiveness, a category which includes such factors as wages, commercial rent prices, cost of electricity, construction costs and tax rates. Greenville ranked 8 in Human Capital and Lifestyle, based on such factors as number of students, labor force, literacy rate and number of physicians as a percentage of the population. "We are honored to receive this distinction," Greenville Mayor Allen Thomas said in a press release. "Greenville is a growing and dynamic city, with a highly educated workforce ... A community, centered on advanced medicine, pharma, university and workforce training -- a low cost of living in a great climate -- Greenville is well positioned to support steady growth and new opportunities into the future." Cities were categorized according to population. Greenville was one of 39 "micro" cities, with less than 100,000 population, included in the study.