Over the past year or so, the great city of Richmond has made itself better known by earning placement on dozens of publications’ “best cities” lists, developed to inform readers on where the bests spots for food, culture, education or market opportunity are hidden across the globe. For examples, see Parade’s Best and Worst Cities for Celebrating the 4th of July, The Huffington Post’s 8 ‘Under-the-Radar’ Foodies Cities worldwide, and 10best.com’s Best American Riverfront Cities, where Richmond respectively ranked #1, #6 and #10.
Maybe you’ve seen RVA’s skyline pop up on such a list or two, but what you may not know is how Richmond – geographically and culturally nestled somewhere between north and south, political and civic, urban and rural – has achieved a citywide rebrand in just a few short years. Or better yet, what it has to offer against the larger American “meccas” in this competitive global economy.
Allow us River City dwellers to proudly turn that key for you and unlock just a few of our headquartering city’s secrets, with the help of some of the biggest names in media and research:
- According to Forbes.com, Richmond is the principal prospect for finding business or a partner to propel your company forward. As the capitol of the #1 State for Business, we tout “business-friendly government policies and strong incentive offerings,” and a thriving market for the technology industry. 9.8% of Virginia’s private sector workforce is tech-based, and job creation has experienced a surge with data center construction, expansion and management – which also means Wireside is aptly located for success in B2B, high-tech public relations.
- Need a fresh start? BusinessWeek lists Richmond as one of The Best Places to Start Over, with high prospects across a diverse economy, ripe in technology, manufacturing, business, arts and more. Forbes.com corroborates this listing with advice for job-searchers to not overlook Richmond, which has one of the best markets for finding employment, an affordable cost of living and a net employment outlook of 21%.
- And here is what makes those abovementioned points possible: according to the U.S. National Bureau of Economic Research, Richmond is the happiest city in the country. It makes good, practical sense; businesses thrive where people thrive. While economic giant New York City landed city #1 for unhappiest, Richmond was “topping the table” for most content, “a ‘glass half-full’ town.”
So ask yourself: How’s your business – half-empty or half-full? Here’s a better question: How can Richmond help?