Foreign Direct Investment (fDi) in its 2007/2008 rankings identified
London as being "'Top Ten - Overall" in its "Cities of the Future" awards
based on research indicators such as regional economic performance, location
costs, quality of life, transport, IT infrastructure, business regulation,
tax and human resources.
London also received two "Top five" fDi awards - "Best Economic Potential"
and "Most Cost Effective." These rankings were earned in the grouping of
North American cities with a population between 100,000 and 500,000.
Ontario Municipal Benchmarking Initiative (OMBI) 2011 report showed
that, on balance, the City of London performs above average in
terms of its service delivery when ranked with peer municipalities.
Sixteen municipalities participate in the annual data call process in
which 37 services are reviewed - an exercise that promotes
accountability, transparency and the sharing of knowledge.
The services considered in terms of spending efficiency range
range from police and fire protection to libraries, sports
facilities and social housing. Compared to the OMBI median, 75 per cent
(15 of 20) service areas ranked on par or above the median of peer
municipalities. Compared to the City of London 2010 results, 70
per cent (14 of 20) service areas performed consistently or better than
the previous year.