A new ranking of the “most innovative” cities in the world lists Salt Lake City as #37 in the nation and #117 worldwide.
Global agency 2thinknow released their annual listing of most innovative cities. Silicon Valley came in #1 in world, followed by New York and Boston. Seattle is the 10th most innovative city in the nation.
The rankings are based on three factors:
Cultural Assets: Measurable sources of ideas (e.g. designers, art galleries, sports, museums, dance, nature, etc)
Human Infrastructure: Soft and hard infrastructure to implement innovation (transport, universities, business, venture capital, office space, government, technology, etc.)
Networked Markets: Basic conditions and connections for innovation (location, military, economies of related entities etc)
The cities on the list are broken down into 5 classifications. Salt Lake City is considered a “Hub.”
- NEXUS: Critical nexus for multiple economic and social innovation segments
- HUB: Dominance or influence on key economic and social innovation segments , based on global trends
- NODE: Broad performance across many innovation segments, with key imbalances
- INFLUENCER: Competitive in some segments, potential or imbalanced
- UPSTART: Potential steps towards relative future performance in a few innovation segments.