From the beginning of time, cities have been the central gathering places for human life. They are where the great thinkers and innovative ideas of the world emerged. Here in the United States, the beginnings of our independence happened in places like Boston with the Boston Tea Party, Philadelphia with the Constitutional Convention, and New York, the center of commerce and financial power.
Fast forward to 2019, and inspiring and groundbreaking ideas are still sprouting in cities. But now, the quality of ideas is also being accompanied by a quantity of people as we witness a growth in urban life never before seen. For the first time in history, more people are living in cities than in rural areas. The United Nations projects that by 2050, the urban share of global population will surpass 66 percent.
This growing urbanization means that cities are now the principal drivers of economic growth in the United States. With 65 percent of the US population now living in cities and generating 75 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product, it is no wonder that “urbancentric” companies focused on lowering our ecological footprint are on the rise.
Below are three companies that we at USGRDCO think are worth celebrating this 4th of July: