October 18, 2017


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:

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