Monday, April 29, 2013

Innovation Nation

Whatever your business aspirations, there is a city that suits your needs, accelerate the growth of your company and improve the quality of your life. Which one for you? Employers have identified 50 cities and 10 Lifestyles of the energy businesses of all shapes and sizes.

Even in tough economic times, America is still the land of opportunity, especially for entrepreneurs with ambition, vision and flexibility to follow opportunities wherever it may lead. One becomes connected world, businesses or their owners are no longer tethered to a point on a map: any size are not a regional opportunity, looking for a change of scene or just want some lifestyle and culture is the perfect location for you.

The challenge is to determine where the most appropriate place. Traders chose 10 contemporary American life and 50 city governments to suit all types of businesses. If you're looking for a tropical breeze, the fresh mountain air, the streets crowded cities or wide, open space, not all of them are here.

Our method applies as far as the list itself, which includes statistics data, the study of living and empirical research. Some choices may seem no-brainers, others may surprise you, and still others may need to reconsider the U.S. segment in a new light. That is the core of American business: the only constant change.

    The Great Outdoors

Five cities where the peaks and valleys over the point on the graph

Boulder, Colorado

Boulder picture as a hippie haven appearance belies the city as a hotbed for innovation. Silicon Valley veteran and aspiring entrepreneurs alike fell in Boulder for a unique wedding capitalist ambition and spirit of the counterculture.

Homegrown success

Storage Technology: acquired by Sun Microsystems

Socialthing bought by AOL

Kerpoof bought by the Walt Disney Co.

Elevation: 5,344 feet

Population: 103,650

Population median age: 29 years

Mean home price: $ 585,323

VCs raised $ 57 million with 11 startup Colorado in the first three months of 2010

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Logan, Utah

The city is reinventing itself as a tech hotspot with the Utah Innovation program and Cache Business Resource Center, which offers free assistance for entrepreneurs.

Bismarck, N.D.

Hunting and fishing destination is home to a pattern of strong and consistent wind power wind turbine industry developed.

Billings, Mont.

Famous for fishing, horseback riding trails, whitewater rafting - and opportunities to transport energy health, and education.

Jackson, Wyo..

Gateway trip to Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Park offers opportunities in the arts, entertainment, recreation and accommodation industry.

2. City Life

The higher the cost, the stakes are higher but higher visibility

Washington, DC

Greatness as a bag of political power tends to obscure the growing business culture of the city. Federal employees to generate 15 percent of the local workforce, and professional and business services employment to increase, supported by advances in education, finance, public policy, and scientific research sectors.

Embedded customer base: In a household income of $ 57,936 on average, DC has one of the most affluent and educated population in the country.

Office Space: downtown DC offers the additional opportunity of investing in commercial real estate from U.S. cities other than New York.

Capital, indeed: DC headquarters to expand the number of venture funds, including Core Capital Partners, Paladin Capital Group and The Carlyle Group.

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New York

In May, the main objective of the urban business launched the Fund to boost a promising technology startups.


The City, a variety of attractive and affordable Windy culture is home to a growing number of Web 2.0 companies.


With a critical mass of universities, Boston remained on the cutting edge of American innovation, offering great city living in a classic college town.

Raleigh, N.C.

Raleigh has affordable housing and natural beauty that is extraordinary for a major city in the United States. Rivals Silicon Valley as a technology hub.

3. Recovery and rebirth

Improved city, where even the smallest business can make a big difference


The Suburbanization and economic turmoil to cut the population of the city is only 330,000 in 2000. Iron gave way to Robotics, artificial intelligence and health, but Pittsburgh preserve the remnants of its industrial past. Generation family owned business continues to grow in response to the transformation of Pittsburgh. Officials abandoned industrial site redevelopment to residential, retail and office space, characterized by the Waterfront and the Southside Works project.

0: The number of operational steel mill

New home: The future Starpointe Business Park, a 1100 acre brownfield redevelopment, reliable company enters a five-year tax abatement and low-interest loans.

Fan famous quote: "Pittsburgh stands as a bold example of how to create new jobs and industries while switched to a 21st century economy."

    President Barack Obama, the naming Pittsburgh as the host city for the 2009 G-20 Summit

Population: 310,037

Median age of population: 35.5 years

Mean home price: $ 135,564

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Oklahoma City

In 2009, the city passed to the Metropolitan Area Projects Plan 3, the $ 777 million public works and redevelopment projects.

Oakland, California

Oakland is ranked third in the city, with businesses owned by women. Also environmentally friendly, produces about 20 percent of the use of energy from renewable sources.

New Orleans

The Crescent City post-Katrina continues to rebound, creating opportunities for entrepreneurs with tax incentives and workforce development initiatives.

Jackson, Miss.

Some cities make it easier or cheaper to start a business: anywherebetween Expect to pay $ 20 and $ 150 in licensing fees.

4. Living in Paradise

Why wait until retirement to visitors to day lives, surf and sand?


The Gateway to the Americas, Miami is home to a growing global business and financial communities. Primary because of its close proximity to Latin America, the home town of the office for more than 1,400 multi-national companies and the largest concentration of international banks in the U.S. here overstep entrepreneurs both local and state personal income tax, and officers also offers a number of incentives and financial programs for companies want to move.

Tourist target: 12 million visitors each year added $ 17.1 billion to the local economy.

75.9 ยบ F: The average day-to-day average temperature

-Record snowfall example: One, on January 19, 1977

Population: 390,191

Median age of population: 37.7 years

Mean home price: $ 395,124

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San Diego

Known for friendly weather in the country, the city also played host to the growing software and new media sectors.


The cost of living is high and the local time is six hours behind the East Coast, but the beauty of nature makes for a challenge.

Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Nearly 15 million visit every year on vacation, perfect for businesses that want to take advantage of the tourist trade.

Albuquerque, N.M.

Albuquerque gets over 300 days of sunshine per year and is located in the middle of New Mexico Technology corridor, a group of high-tech companies along the Rio Grande.

5. Creative Center

Five cities where creativity and capitalism make beautiful music

Austin, Texas

Funky Austin, what-going lifestyle in striking relief with traditional conservative Lone Star State. But Austin is one of the center's most progressive and active business in the country. Residents wore their "Keep Austin Weird" T-shirt with pride but, in reality, a combination of art and commerce city could not be better adjusted.

$ 3.5 million: The number of nonprofit Central Texas Angel Network invested in local startups in 2009 - 10 of them in Austin

Tech Savvy: Austin earned the nickname "Silicon Hills" for emerging technological culture.

Do not mess with taxes: Like other parts of Texas, Austin does not have a state personal income tax and no corporate income tax.

Population: 1,705,075

Median age of population: 29.6 years

Mean home price: $ 274,373

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Brooklyn, N.Y.

300-acre Brooklyn Navy Yard houses 240 tenants, including furniture maker, architectural designer and distributor of electronic and jewelry.


Destination of choice for creative types. Tech startup led by generations of entrepreneurs who cut their teeth with companies such as Microsoft and Amazon.

Nashville, Tenn..

America's second largest music production center (after New York), Nashville recording industry accounts for about 19,000 local jobs.

Providence, R.I.

City effort to be artistic and technological innovation center operations including Opportunity, $ 10 million in small business lending programs.

6. Family-friendly

Five areas where companies and families can both grow well

San Jose

San Jose reputation as a mecca for technology remains bleak. The largest city in the Silicon Valley, is home to a bevy of tech giants, and local venture capital starts receiving riches. Although the cost of living to force San Jose, local households have the highest disposable income of any city in the U.S. with over 500,000 residents. That is, locations and different ages all attractions make San Jose destination for families flock to.

35 percent: Nationwide venture capital claimed by San Jose startup

$ 100,027: ​​The average annual income per family

Urban valuable

Population: 1,023,083

Median age of population: 32.6 years

Mean home price: $ 683,754

286: The number of high-tech workers per 1,000 people, the largest concentration of any metropolitan area in the country

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Kansas City, Mo.

As one of the world's premier center Bioscience (accounting for nearly a third of the $ 19 billion animal health market worldwide), KC is a cow town for the new millennium.

Fayetteville, Arkansas

Wal-Mart credit for growth here. More than 1,300 vendor partners of the chain opened local offices, and small businesses increased by 6.7 percent per year.

Milton, Mass.

Local business linked to the rich history of the city, best exemplified by GH Bent Co.., A manufacturer of goods cooked in operation since 1801.

Anchorage, Alaska

With the growing energy industry and unparalleled natural beauty, Anchorage is also one of the most tax-friendly America destination: It does not charge sales tax.

7. Off the Grid

Five cities where entrepreneurs have the latitude to forge their own path


Ready seen Detroit verge of economic collapse - and on the cusp of post-industrial renaissance. For artists and iconoclasts who moved to the city in droves, buying foreclosed properties and rely on solar energy and other alternative solution pursue lives and careers outside surface of mainstream society. Officials seek to reinvent the city as blighted urban farm segment. Detroit is dead - long live Detroit.

Emerging technologies: biotechnology, nanotechnology, information technology, and hydrogen fuel cell cognotechnology development

160: The number of startup incubator TechTown nonprofit center Motown

Population: 912,062

Median age of population: 30.9 years

Mean home price: $ 103,647

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Portland, Ore..

Although living in Portland match only difference, it is also the site of more than 1,200 technology companies.

Burlington, Vt..

The bag has to offer counterpoint tough economy based on manufacturing, education, health services, trade, transportation and utilities.

Boise, Idaho

A unique local courteous with a strong creative community, not necessarily supply center for the Rocky Mountain mining camps now the center of high-tech industries are growing.

Berkeley, California

Berkeley still thrives as a nexus of liberal activism and progressive beliefs - along with opportunities for education, scientific and technical.

25%: This part of the city's 139 square miles of agricultural proposed as a green zone

8. The green scene

Where capitalism meets environmental awareness

Eugene, Oregon

Eugene famous for keeping the natural living - Organic grown Co., The largest distributor northwest of fruits and vegetables, launched here in 1982 and paved the way for the startup mind. Sustainable Business Initiatives champion Eugene startup and the creation of environmentally friendly jobs, and the city is now a model for green technology in action.

85 percent: The amount of energy an attractive solution town of hydroelectricity and wind generated

150: Miles smog free transportation in the metropolitan area

Urban valuable

Population: 155,000

Median age of population: 33.0 years

Mean home price: $ 282,146

Business Track record: Blue Ribbon Sports, which was formed in 1964 by Phil Knight and his college track coach, Bill Bowerman. It later became Nike. Nike Green 2009: $ 19.2 billion

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Abilene, Texas

Just east of the world's largest wind farm, green Abilene booming business, with a focus on manufacturing wind turbine blades.

Missoula, Mont.

Missoula offers an attractive tax breaks for local eco-development project, and Montana Community Development Corp. loaned $ 3 million year-on startup.

Ames, Iowa

Home to some of the USDA research facilities, the city is a magnet for green R & D initiatives, biotechnology and agriculture-related businesses to renewable energy.

Madison, Wisc.

The first city in the United States to offer residents curbside recycling also Wisconsin businessman Network ', which advises 3,000 companies in 2009.

9. College towns

Starting a business, and learn a thing or two

Lincoln, Neb..

At the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Nebraska Center for Entrepreneurship is encouraging students to consider careers owning and connecting new business with financial resources. The university plans to build Nebraska Innovation Campus 251-acre site adjacent to the campus, providing space for public-private partnerships and allow professionals to access the research faculty.

$ 20 million: Size of F. Paul and Virginia J. gifts Engler Foundation to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in March to support agribusiness Entrepreneurship

$ 260 million: projected annual revenue from the Lincoln Haymarket Arena approved by voters in May

5%: Unemployment rate until April Cornhusker State

Population: 251,624

Median age of population: 31.3 years

Mean home price: $ 170,979

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Provo, Utah

Home to Brigham Young University and the second largest concentration of software companies in the U.S.

Minneapolis / St. Foul

Thanks to the University of Minnesota and other schools, the Twin Cities camps of 1300 boasts high-tech companies.

Dubuque, Iowa

Home to five colleges, Dubuque serves as a commercial, educational

and cultural connections for Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin.

Hattiesburg, Mississippi

At the University of Southern Mississippi Development Partnership in collaboration with the local area to create Launchpoint Business incubator to encourage the development of small businesses.

10. Small City, Big Opportunities

Small pond in which your business can be a big fish

Huntsville, Alabama

NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Headquarters and adjacent to the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command, Huntsville is known as growing aerospace and military technology center. The nonprofit Huntsville Association of Small Businesses in Advanced Technology promises to broaden the horizons of local startups, by promoting contracts with local and federal agencies manage the exchange of information between companies members.

Pad Launched Tech: Cummings Research Park is the second largest research park in the U.S., housing 285 companies in 175 buildings.

Population: 176,645

Median age of population: 36.7 years

Median Housing Price: $ 145.800

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Sioux Falls, S.D.

Township designated Best Little America's superior metropolis in the country with the lowest tax rates in the country of sale (4 percent) and no corporate income tax.

Fargo, N.D.

Fargo Renaissance Zone effort promising tax breaks and other incentives for commercial tenants to lease space in the historic center of the city.

Bowling Green, Ky..

The Kentucky Transpark tailored for high-tech companies, featuring educational and research center along with trails for biking and hiking.

Charlottesville, Va.

Batten Institute at the University of Virginia Darden Business School offers an incubator space and assistance to graduate students starting businesses.

9.4 percent: encouraging the growth of small businesses Huntsville between 2004 and 2007 - nearly double the national average of 5 percent for medium metro area.

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