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Chamber says Boston is tops in talent

Boston’s talent pool is second to none, according to a new ranking released by the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce.

The Chamber’s “Global Talent Index,” released Tuesday, rated 30 US and international cities based on university academic performance, college degree holders, and number of patents granted in the area.

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Boston earned the top overall rating; in individual categories it placed second to London in university academic performance, fifth in college degrees behind Oslo , Washington, D.C., London, and San Francisco, and fourth in patents.

“Of all the factors driving economic growth, none is more important than talent,” said Paul Guzzi, chief executive of the Boston Chamber, which represents about 1,500 businesses.

The Chamber also outlined a series of proposals it said would help reinforce Boston’s position, including calling on the state to offer matching grants for university research initiatives. It also called for businesses to expand internship programs, plus relaxing US immigration policy to allow foreign students stay after graduation, and for the state to secure a local satellite office of the US Patent and Trademark Office to speed processing of patents.

Dan Adams can be reached at dadams@globe.com and on Twitter at @DanielAdams86.
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