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Real Estate Firm Identifies America's 'Top 25 Tech Cities' (cushmanwakefield.com) 91

Cushman & Wakefield, one of the world's largest real estate firms, launched a new report identifying America's top tech cities. An anonymous reader quotes their report: Washington, DC has emerged as the promising tech city center after San Jose (Silicon Valley) and San Francisco... A dominating hub for life sciences and government, Washington, DC also serves as a significant outpost for tech companies seeking proximity to policymakers as well as for burgeoning cyber-security investment. The top 25 tech cities were determined by analyzing the concentration of factors such as talent, capital, and growth opportunity -- the key ingredients that comprise a tech stew. The heartiest of these tech epicenters are: 1. San Jose, CA (Silicon Valley); 2. San Francisco, CA; 3. Washington, DC; 4. Boston/Cambridge, MA; and 5. Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill, NC...

Report co-author and Regional Director, Northwest U.S. Research at Cushman & Wakefield, in San Francisco, Robert Sammons, said that while it was not surprising to see San Jose (Silicon Valley) and San Francisco continue to dominate, that mass-transit issues and escalating housing costs in those areas have fanned a tech spillover into secondary markets such as Austin (no. 7), Denver (no. 8), San Diego (no. 9), and Salt Lake City (no. 24)... Mr. Sammons cited cost-of-living in Seattle (no. 6) as a lingering issue, somewhat mitigated by a recent uptick in residential development that's outpacing San Francisco's, as well as mass transit challenges.

There's also several cities in the Midwest among the top tech cities, including Madison, Wisconsin (no. 10), Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota (no. 11), Indianapolis, Indiana (no. 23), and Nashville, Tennessee (no. 25).
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Real Estate Firm Identifies America's 'Top 25 Tech Cities'

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  • The growth of D.C. is a symptom of the disease of big and growing federal government and growing centralization of power. This is growing lobbying, growing kickbacks, growing corruption, growing waste. D.C. should be near the bottom of the list in private sector wages, GDP, property values, etc.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      I live just outside of D.C., it's an odd place. You are either rich or dirt poor. 47% of D.C. residents are below the poverty line and you can end up in some really bad neighborhoods very quickly if you make a wrong turn.

      • by schwit1 ( 797399 )
        I think Trump should move many federal jobs out of the DC area to spread the wealth and for continuity of government.

        As for jobs, DC finds it hard to attract businesses because of its high taxes and regulations. Maryland is not much better. Virginia is more accommodating to business and it show in the Tysons Corner area and out the Dulles corridor.

        • As for jobs, DC finds it hard to attract businesses because of its high taxes and regulations.

          I thought it was housing prices and the square mileage of ghettos and crime. No?

        • by rfengr ( 910026 )
          The Dulles corridor is turning into a 3rd world dump. Went back recently and witnessed burkas in Loudon county. WTF.
  • by swell ( 195815 ) <jabberwock&poetic,com> on Sunday June 11, 2017 @01:22PM (#54597113)

    There seems to be some confusion about what the word 'tech' means. We've long ago reduced machinery to a lesser category, however new and clever it might be. For some reason tech is now synonymous with digital electronics and sometimes the software that makes it function, even though there is almost nothing new in these areas in recent decades. Faster, smaller, yadda...

    It might be worthwhile to remember that biotechnology has discovered and engineered much that is new in recent decades. Knowledge in this field is increasing at a far greater rate than any other 'tech' area. Not only that but, while electronic gadgets are fun, biotech is far more likely to save your life. Let's have some respect for the work of others.

    The hotbeds of innovation are then San Diego and Boston and a few others around the globe (the US doesn't have a monopoly on *this* tech).

    • One of the most popular technology teachers on youtube sticks to mechanical technology.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?... [youtube.com]

      I'd really like to see the top 25 real estate cities for this stuff. Obviously not San Jose. SF, maybe; it wouldn't be the oddest thing in Golden Gate Park.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      swell has a valid point. I know one "Genetic Engineer" who still keeps offices in SF and lectures at SFSU. But she moved her Labwork to Switzerland during Bush II, where they aren't so batshit crazy about Stem Cells having Souls.
      Texas is an interesting case, because Johnson was so intent on making his State the center of Aerospace research. It didn't work out that way. The SSC disaster sealed it; very few Physicists consider Texas as a serious place to pursue a career any longer, although TAMU and TI still

  • Given all the spying the three-letter agencies do, both on Americans and on foreigners - there's a huge demand for contract work.

    After all, the government doesn't want to pay benefits...

    • Given all the spying the three-letter agencies do, both on Americans and on foreigners - there's a huge demand for contract work.

      I'll say, if they are hiring and giving clearances to boneheads like Reality Winner...

    • After all, the government doesn't want to pay benefits...

      I get 5 paid weeks of vacation a year, a 401k that matches up to 11%, and excellent healthcare (I have Premera Blue Cross that costs me very little). As well, there is a pension, not huge, but there.

      True, I could make more $ on the "outside", but my job is not going away, I will never be laid off.

      • by jon3k ( 691256 )
        I've always considered taking a gov job when I get a little older. Take a huge paycut but do 90% less work and have unparalleled job security. Seems like a nice way to slide into retirement.
        • Take a huge paycut but do 90% less work and have unparalleled job security.

          Well, the joke will be on you. In my field, which is technical, my hours and the nature of my job parallel the civilian world. But please continue to perpetuate stereotypes, keeps my job ever more secure.

          • by jon3k ( 691256 )
            I have lots of friends who work gov jobs. I know for a fact that they're overstaffed, over-funded and get paid overtime in salaried positions. It's a stereotype for a reason. If you work a gov job and you work as hard as people do on the private side then you're probably doing something wrong.
  • Canonsburg PA is the World Capital for Finite Element Method. It is not in that list? Sad! Just this week Finite Element Method got inducted into S&P500. All those nerds mumbling "kappa mu nu Mesh nu del cross Mesh Galerkin epsilon Mesh Green's curl Mesh divergence Hermitian k-epsilon" are having a ball there. IIT to F1 to PhD to H1B to Green Card to Citizen to CEO of S&P500... He is the last one now. He won't be the last one for long.

    This was the quality of H1B before Cognescent and TCS and Infos

  • by Anonymous Coward

    SJ is aging former tech hipsters who are now rotting in suburbia doing things like hardware appliances for storage and being generally conservative and tech-laggards, while the current generation of kool kids on the cutting edge of software are all in SF. Go to any tech meetup in SF vs SJ and you'll see the difference.

    Thats what one would expect a real estate firm's ranking list - to them, Old Tech == New Tech == Tech.
    It's like asking your cat to rate greek islands.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    A lot of people commute from outside of "Seattle" and even King County.

    Cost of living (houses) is a non issue if you're prepared to pick something along the Sounder south line stations. The issue is people *want* to live in some trendy Seattle neighborhood.

    Meanwhile I'm a 1hr commute via short bus ride and then rail to work, bought a 1800sqft house on a 1/3 acre lot just around the corner from a commercial area (dont have to go far for anything) in the low low 200k range 3 years ago.

    Most people think Seattl

  • It's one thing to be in a top list for jobs, but how many of them are friendly towards those that don't already have work?

C for yourself.

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