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Have you heard about Tech Valley? Chances are you've heard the name, but you may not know where or what it is.
Where Is It?
Tech Valley goes for more than 250 miles along the Hudson River, and encompasses 18 counties that reside on the eastern edge of New York State. It is where business leaders and government have joined together to build a tech-oriented economy in the region.
The epicenter of Tech Valley is the Albany - Schenectady - Troy metropolitan area of NY. Ideally located just three hours from Boston, New York City and Montreal, this area offers urban, suburban and rural communities as well as easy access to a wide variety of cultural and educational opportunities.
What Is It?
"Tech Valley" is just a nickname that was given to the region after it showed an aptitude for fostering and growing high-tech companies. As the name and the region have grown in popularity, more tech companies have been attracted to the area. Local schools have also been churning out entrepreneurs and tech geniuses who have started local businesses of their own.
Numerous businesses have adopted the Tech Valley moniker including communications companies, publications, and even schools! Some examples include Tech Valley Wireless, the Tech Valley Times, and Tech Valley High.
What Are Its Future Prospects?
According to Bob Millis, publisher of the Tech Valley Times, the research jobs generated by the start-up of research and development facilities will lead to the spin-off of high tech industries that will (hopefully) remain in the area.
"The most obvious (and high profile) examples are the various programs centered around the UAlbany/Albany Nanotechnology engineering facility and at RPI. Another significant player (and well kept secret) in the local economy are the many research jobs at GE-Global Research in Niskayuna."
If you build it, will they come? The migration has already begun. For example, Gabe Anderson relocated all the way from San Francisco, (not too far from another tech-related valley) to Saratoga Springs. According to numerous entries in his blog, Tech Valley really is a great place to live, work and play.
To find out more about Tech Valley, visit the official web site.