Prior to the elections in the local authorities, the Israel branch of Dun & Bradstreet rated the local authorities that are the best for businesses, and their performance in accordance with the heads of the local authorities. Jerusalem was ranked first among the large cities as the best city for business. It pushed Petah Tikva to second place, while Tel Aviv was ranked third, after it was ranked last year in second place. In the company's statement, it was written that "in the
greater Jerusalem area, the development of business is positive, and even exceeds that of the central region".
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat explained that "Jerusalem's rating as the best city for businesses in Israel reflects the return of Israel's capital city to its natural location as a leading and groundbreaking city. The great investments we have made in the fields of tourism, culture, and high-tech directly project the success of Jerusalem's businesses. Dun and Bradstreet's ranking joins the international rankings of Jerusalem as one of the cities with the most advanced high-tech in the world. Alongside this, we have led revolutions in introducing various sectors into the employment cycle in numbers that increase from year to year. We have implemented reforms in business licensing and in advancing the city's creative status. We have set up hubs that provide training, we have created "Green Lanes" for businesses, we have built thousands of new hotel rooms, and we are setting up a business district at the entrance to the city providing 60,000 jobs. Jerusalem businesses are an important engine of economic growth, and I am proud that our efforts and our focus on these areas are bearing fruit."
The Jerusalem Municipality enumerates a series of processes that have brought Jerusalem to the top of the list: decreasing the bureaucracy and the procedures, developing and strengthening the local economy in the neighborhoods, developing the city's creative status, developing the high-tech sector in cooperation with the Jerusalem Development Authority; professional training that advances businesses towards the digital age; creating a cultural scene in the business environment, and customer service for businesses that includes close attention to public inquiries, a unique start-up service for businesses that appeals to new businesses and entrepreneurs, and provides support and guidance until the opening and licensing of the business, as well as municipal mediation services that were launched just recently.