The London newspaper Financial Times through its magazine FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) in its April-May issue named Mazatlán as one of the top ten medium sized cities of the future.
The bimonthly publication seeks to identify the cities with the greatest business opportunities and prosperity in the future. It classifies the cities into large, medium, small and micro cities and evaluates them in five categories: economic potential, infrastructure and ease of doing business, human resources and cost effectiveness.
Information was collected on 422 cities scattered throughout Latin American, 80 of which were classified a “medium size.” Mazatlán was one of ten in that category to be selected as a city of the future.
Upon hearing the news the Ministry of Tourism of Sinaloa said, “This publication positions Mazatlán on the world stage and shows it provides major business opportunities, particularly with the upcoming opening of the Mazatlán-Durango highway and strategic projects such as a natural gas pipeline destined for the city…”
Mazatlán was ranked first in Mexico and 5th in all of Latin America. The top ten medium size cities in Latin America were: 1. Piura, Peru; 2. Valparaiso, Chile; 3. Trujillo, Peru; 4. Arequipa, Peru; 5. Mazatlán, Mexico; 6. Durango, Mexico; 7. Morelia, Mexico; 8. Tuxtla Gutierrez, Mexico; 9. Merida, Mexico; 10. Saltillo, Mexico.