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    Thanks to visionary local leadership, some of the most successful tier-two cities in Europe have reinvented themselves into world-class specialists. Pittsburgh (the US), Edmonton (Canada), Malmo (Sweden) and Sheffield and Manchester (the UK) are good examples: previously heavy industries turned knowledge-based economies with well-regarded universities and thriving specialisations.
    Edmonton is a global leader in artificial intelligence, machine learning and aerospace, while Sheffield is recognised for its creative media, advanced manufacturing, and health and wellbeing. Malmo has flourishing tech start-ups, green initiatives and a youthful population – all of which are hallmarks of successful small to medium-sized middleweights.
    Indeed, Madison (Wisconsin) and Indianapolis (Indiana) have thriving tech scenes, including headquarters for large companies (respectively, Epic and Salesforce). This trend is supported by the changing nature of work – the ‘gig’ economy, remote work, bedroom start-ups – thereby providing alternatives to conventional city office life. The picture in India is similar: Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Pune, Chennai and Vizag are rapidly becoming specialised hubs for the growth of key industries such as fintech, software as a service, agritech and deep tech.

    https://www.fdiintelligence.com/index.php//Locations/June-July-mag-feature-tier-II-cities-cover-story
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    previously heavy industries? No, we still are primarily heavy industries...It's nice to see more fluff pieces about Edmonton, but this one needs to a do a bit more research.

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    Thanks to visionary local leadership, some of the most successful tier-two cities in Europe have reinvented themselves into world-class specialists
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    Edmonton is a global leader in artificial intelligence, machine learning and aerospace,”


    Yup. Just the other day I was saying; ‘Maybe we’ve been too successful in transitioning away from oil and gas, as I’m now worried about our heavy reliance on AI, ML and aerospace to keep us all working.’
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    Quote Originally Posted by Medwards View Post
    previously heavy industries? No, we still are primarily heavy industries...It's nice to see more fluff pieces about Edmonton, but this one needs to a do a bit more research.
    they were speaking in generalities don’t take it personally. Although we could say we are post oil sands mega projects and are transitioning into a more balanced economy something it has taken cities like Sheffield and Manchester decades to do.
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    So my question: Is it fair to say that Edmonton is now more economically diversified than Calgary?
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    Quote Originally Posted by norwoodguy View Post
    So my question: Is it fair to say that Edmonton is now more economically diversified than Calgary?
    It has been as long as I can remember. In fact Edmonton was always one of the most diversified economies in Canada because of agriculture, mining support, forestry and energy and the associated manufacturing and processing industries based on these primaries. I believe the last report on economic diversity by StatsCan (before it became too controversial to "classify" cities) had Edmonton just behind Toronto and just ahead of Montreal. Edit - Forgot government, health care and education were also classified and Edmonton rated high in these categories as well - will look for old links.
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