Fort Worth and Irving recently were ranked among the top 10 fastest-growing U.S. cities since the recession, according toForbes. The ranking — which was based on percentage of population growth from 2007 to 2012 — isn’t too surprising, said David Berzina, executive vice president of economic development for the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce. “Fort Worth continues to attract new opportunities because we have everything a company needs to be successful: a good quality of life, a desirable geographic location, a low cost of living, a solid transportation infrastructure, a large and highly skilled workforce and a business-friendly environment,” Berzina said. Fort Worth was ranked No. 6, with a 14.3 percent population increase over five years to 777,992 in 2012. Irving ranked No. 7, with a 13.8 percent population increase over five years to 225,427 in 2012. The fastest-growing city in the U.S. is New Orleans, with a 28.2 percent population increase over five years to 369,250 in 2012. In the past five years, Fort Worth has brought in 56 new business projects, equating to more than 12,000 new jobs and $1.8 billion in capital investment. “There are few cities that can match this level of success,” Berzina said. The ranking comes a month after Fort Worth was ranked No. 4 on Forbes “Best Big Cities for Jobs.” Dallas ranked No. 6 in that ranking.
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