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Old 11-02-2017, 07:17 PM
 
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Tech headquarters and engineering functions are spreading out as the San Francisco area has gotten prohibitively expensive. But the large-scale elements are going more to existing tech nodes, not dispersing across the country.

An additional set of cities are getting back-office functions. These are functions most people can train for, including a lot of people caught in the decline of blue collar jobs.

But the outcome will still help places that don't get either of those. Homegrown companies will find it harder to relocate to the San Francisco area, and the secondary centers won't have the same advantages, so staying put might win out, or maybe they have dual offices. Some of the overflow from SF might mean people returning, like that dual-HQ concept. And there will be other exceptions to the clustering trend.
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Old 11-02-2017, 10:46 PM
 
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The original Forbes article is a bit Ohio/Columbus-centric. This article breaks down the Midwest tech ecosystem by metro, with, unsurprisingly, Chicago leading the pack. What's interesting about the Midwest is the large number of cities that are in the hunt for tech bonafides, the large metros plus the university cities like Champaign, AnnArbor, Madison. There seems to be a lot of potential for cross-fertilization, collaboration, mimicking previous Midwest economic development in agriculture and manufacturing.

https://techcrunch.com/2017/08/02/he...n-the-midwest/
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Old 11-04-2017, 07:43 AM
 
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I don't want it to be the next silicon valley. I like my cheap rent.
I'm all for economic development but not a higher cost of living.
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Old 11-05-2017, 12:52 PM
 
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Several Midwestern cities like Detroit and Chicago already have thriving tech scenes with Google, Microsoft, and even Amazon operating satellite offices there (plus Groupon is based in Chicago). I don't ever expect them to approach the levels of the San Francisco Bay Area or Seattle but in Detroit's case Dan Gilbert has been providing venture capital to a lot of tech start ups in Detroit such as Detroit Labs.

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Old 11-05-2017, 01:44 PM
 
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Detroit is on a roll in so many ways, it's great news for the Midwest. Here's another article documenting the trend.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.usa...ory/100027750/
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Old 11-07-2017, 10:28 PM
 
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An article about the tech scene in Cleveland. Like other articles it references Midwest returnees. Interesting, read similar articles about folks returning home to India.

https://tech.co/startup-millennials-...ch-2017-10/amp
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Old 11-12-2017, 09:41 PM
 
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An article on Indianapolis, another rising Midwest Tech Hub.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.for...ianapolis/amp/
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