Tuesday, March 18, 2008

'Home' is Changing!

"Forbes.com just released their top 10 “up and coming” tech cities in the USA. Columbus, Ohio was ranked as the #1 up and coming high technology city in the USA. I’m sure many people were surprised to see Columbus at the top of the list. Two major reasons why Columbus leads this list. Number one, Columbus is home to one of the largest universities in the world - The Ohio State University (Go Bucks!). Number two, Battelle Memorial Institute has been based in Columbus, Ohio since 1997. Battelle Memorial Institute is the state’s largest research center. This is great news for Central Ohio."

"Thanks to a potent recipe mixing hearty helpings of money, leadership, commitment and vision, a cadre of small cities is rapidly earning respect as veritable tech hubs.

Where will the next Silicon Valley spring up? Philip Auerswald, professor of public policy at George Mason University, knows where to look. He surveyed regional innovation trends across the U.S. and cobbled a list of up-and-coming tech centers . . .

No. 1: Columbus, Ohio. In 1997, the Battelle Memorial Institute, Ohio's largest research center, based in Columbus, managed a single lab for the U.S. Department of Energy with an annual budget of $1 billion. A decade later, Battelle oversees seven major laboratories for different federal agencies; current budget: $4 billion.

The institute has become a force in almost every area of emerging technology, especially life sciences and energy research. One of its children, Velocys, is working on a way to cut the cost of capturing the 3 trillion cubic feet of the world's stranded natural gas by converting it to easily transportable liquid."

See Forbes for more

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