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H&A publishes ExPLoRE 2017 Report




New York: Hickey & Associates (H&A) published the ExPLoRE 2017 Report, the global leaders in Site Location Strategy, Public Incentives, and Workforce Solutions, today published the ExPLoRE 2017 Report (the “Report”), a data-driven evaluation and ranking of the overall business climate of the world’s largest cities.

The report features a Top-100 ranking of the leading cities, along with a breakdown of cities by global region.

The ExPLoRE (2017) Report series is defined by H&A’s site selection methodology, the cornerstone of which is Examination of Places and Locations through Research and Evaluation (ExPLoRE). This method helps to evaluate site selection suitability for all projects. Based on population, 469 cities were examined to determine their suitability in the global economy. This report serves as a gauge for that suitability by comparing cities on both an international and regional (continental) level.

As H&A’s President and CEO, Jason M. Hickey, explains: “The methodology used in this report is the foundation of our service offerings. We have taken our decades of experience and disruptive technologies to compare, rank, and ultimately determine a ‘good business climate’ across global cities.”

While the ability to quantify and evaluate cities is a tremendous first step in determining future suitability of business operations in any site selection process, the report came to fruition in order to begin that conversation. The report identifies merits of key regional cities of commerce and establishes empirical reasoning towards leveraging the benefits of location in our global economy.

Most noteworthy, the research yields a little over 16,000 unique data points across the 469 cities.

Each city was evaluated against five domains: quality of life, labor suitability, socio-political suitability, business climate, and infrastructure.



Hickey & Associates (H&A) is a global leader in site location strategy, economic incentive advisory, and workforce solutions with active projects in the Americas, Asia, Europe, Australia, and Africa. Utilizing state-of-the-art tools and techniques, H&A assists businesses in determining the best location to expand, relocate or consolidate anywhere in the world.