January 18, 2018

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Among Amazon’s 20 Finalists For HQ2, TechNet’s Top Hubs & “Next in Tech” Cities Dominate

Washington, D.C. — TechNet, the national, bipartisan network of innovation economy CEOs and senior executives, today welcomed Amazon’s announcement of the finalists in contention to host “HQ2,” its second North American headquarters.  Of the 20 selected metro areas, five of TechNet’s Top Tech Hubs and 11 “Next in Tech” metro areas remain in the running.

The five Tech Hubs on the list are Austin, TX; Boston, MA; Chicago, IL; Los Angeles, CA, and New York City, NY.  The 11 “Next in Tech” metro areas are Atlanta, GA; Dallas, TX; Denver, CO; Miami, FL; Montgomery County, MD; Northern Virginia; Nashville, TN; Philadelphia, PA; Pittsburgh, PA; Raleigh, NC; and Washington, D.C.

“Congratulations to the finalists,” said TechNet President & CEO Linda Moore.  “This is another clear indication that the U.S. is truly becoming an innovation nation and that cities from all around the country have the infrastructure, talent, and commitment to build their technology ecosystems even further.”

Released by TechNet in 2017, “How the Startup Economy is Spreading Across the Country — and How It Can Be Accelerated” uses a Metro Startup Economy Index to rank the top ten traditional tech hubs as well as 25 up-and-coming metro areas that have embraced pro-innovation policies.

The full study, with additional details on the methodology, is available here.  A list of the top ten traditional tech hubs and 25 "Next in Tech" regions is below:

About TechNet
TechNet is the national, bipartisan network of technology CEOs and senior executives that promotes the growth of the innovation economy by advocating a targeted policy agenda at the federal and 50-state level.  TechNet’s diverse membership includes dynamic startups and the most iconic companies on the planet and represents three million employees and countless customers in the fields of information technology, e-commerce, the sharing and gig economies, advanced energy, cybersecurity, venture capital, and finance.  TechNet has offices in Washington, D.C., Silicon Valley, San Francisco, Sacramento, Austin, Boston, Olympia, Albany, and Tallahassee.

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