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Birmingham Selected as one of America’s Top Economic Development Cities

For Immediate Release:
April Odom


Newport Beach, Calif., February 2, 2016 – Global Trade will announce its selections for America’s Top EDCs in its February/March 2016 issue. As the premier national magazine for C-suite executives of manufacturing companies that export, Global Trade’s first-annual America’s Top EDCs report highlights some of the most active and accomplished economic development corporation from across the country. The entry-based selection process was open from October 2015 through January 2016, and 18 EDCs were included in the feature.

“We’re very excited to publish America’s Top EDCs,” said Global Trade publisher and editor Patrick Dooley, “a feature we’ve had in mind for more than a year.” The magazine’s editorial team first implemented a new service on its website that allows economic development companies to profile their cities for executives who need to research locations for their next facilities. “As part of the process of giving EDCs profiles on, we also invited them to enter their company to be considered a Top EDC by providing data- and anecdote-based arguments for their inclusion.”

“Birmingham’s unparalleled success in recent years in business recruiting continued in 2015 with announcements, ground breakings and ribbon cuttings by leading companies such as British-startup Oxford Pharmaceuticals; automobile supplier Kamtek, a division of Canada’s Magna International; and healthcare giants Steris and LabCorp, testifying to the City’s presence as a leader in international and domestic trade and business attraction. We are excited to have global corporate citizens gain a new appreciation for a City moving forward to greater heights with every passing day,” said Mayor William A. Bell, Sr.

Global Trade received roughly 50 profiles of economic development companies and cities from across America, which can be found in the Site Selection section of the Global Trade 101 feature at Profiles are free to list or view, and include useful information pertinent to site selection decisions—such as tax rates, workforce data, incentives and programs, logistics infrastructure and much more.

About Global Trade magazine

Global Trade is the magazine for U.S. companies doing business globally. With 100 percent of its distribution focused in America, its coverage includes export-centric information, and how-to features ranging site selection, all modes of global logistics, trade finance and much more.

About Global Trade 101

Global Trade 101 is the latest feature added to This informational resource recognizes that most exporters are focused on their core business of product development, and it offers general and detailed data on the peripheral aspects of operating a product-based global company—site selection, all modes of global logistics, trade finance and more. Global Trade 101 offers a summary of commonly used terms as well as detailed profiles on many service providers and economic development corporations, allowing readers to research and in many cases request proposals from the top companies in these fields.