On Eve of Amazon HQ2 Deadline, TechNet’s “Next In Tech” Study Offers Clues on Contenders
Washington, D.C. — On the eve of Amazon’s deadline for applications to host its second North American headquarters, TechNet, the national, bipartisan network of innovation economy CEOs and senior executives, today re-released its report "How the Startup Economy is Spreading Across the Country — and How It Can Be Accelerated." The study, which was published in March, offers insights on up-and-coming tech hubs across the U.S. well-positioned to host Amazon’s "HQ2."
The author, Dr. Michael Mandel of the Progressive Policy Institute, developed a Metro Startup Economy Index. This new measure was used to rank the top ten traditional tech hubs — including Amazon's current home base of Seattle — as well as 25 up-and-coming metro areas that have embraced pro-innovation policies.
It also suggests steps other regions can take to become more startup-friendly, including:
- Increasing access to capital;
- Improving access to talent;
- Opening up access to markets; and
- Cutting red tape and instituting a pro-innovation regulatory and fiscal policy.
The full study, with breakdowns by metro areas, is available here. A list of the top ten traditional tech hubs and 25 "next in tech" hubs is below:
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 more than 2.7 million employees in the fields of information technology, e-commerce, the sharing and gig economies, advanced energy, biotechnology, venture capital, and finance. TechNet has offices in Washington, D.C., Silicon Valley, San Francisco, Sacramento, Austin, Boston, Olympia, Albany, and Tallahassee.