Medellin has been given the Bravo Award for the most Transformational City of the Year by Council of the Americas, a US business organization that promotes free trade, democracy, and open markets throughout the region.
The mayor of the Colombian city, Federico Gutiérrez Zuluaga, received the award, which was based on an impressive track record of social innovation, commitment to modernization, and progress in globalization.
Medellin was also recognized as as a city of science and knowledge, notably its innovation district, which houses over 135 companies from 22 countries and is advancing to be a model in Latin America.
“The best thing about Medellin is its people,” said Gutiérrez Zuluaga. “We’ve overcome the difficulties we’ve faced through tenacity, pride, and a sense of belonging in the city.”