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Provo, Utah: An Incubator for the American Dream

By Camilla McLaughlin   June 2, 2014

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Not that long ago, Provo, UT, was best known for sheep ranches and Brigham Young University. Today, the region, anchored by Provo and Orem, consistently garners top rankings on “best of” lists, ranging from best for business to happiest in the country.

The Provo area has emerged as one of the country’s top tech hubs, bypassing Seattle, Dallas and Cambridge, MA, to capture fifth place on The Atlantic Cities’ list of America’s top 25 tech hot spots. Forbes says it’s the best place for business, careers and jobs. The Milken Institute ranks it the No. 2 “best-performing city.” And in April, The SpareFoot Blog named Provo the fastest-growing “on-the-rise startup hub” in the U.S. → Keep Reading

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America’s 6 Fastest-Growing On-the-Rise Startup Hubs

By John Egan   April 22, 2014

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In the startup world, places like Silicon Valley and New York City are sharks in a pond full of smaller fish. Yet despite being dwarfed by the sharks, many of the smaller fish are swimming along just fine.

“From Silicon Valley in California to Silicon Alley in New York, it may seem that those areas have cornered the market on tech genius, but don’t be fooled,” Entrepreneur.com reported in 2012. “The Internet is decentralizing business, allowing entrepreneurs to build smart, lean businesses in far-flung places.”

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The 7 Top Tech Hubs Among America’s Small College Towns

By John Egan   April 16, 2014

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In the HBO comedy “Silicon Valley,” one of the characters refers to the famed tech hub as “the cradle of innovation.” To be sure, Silicon Valley has given us the home computer, the iPhone and many other tech innovations.

Yet even some small college towns in the U.S. can lay claim to being cradles of innovation, although on a much smaller scale than Silicon Valley. Without a doubt, the built-in brainpower and resources of a university can be a catalyst for tech startups in small college towns. Not every college town graduates to the level of a mini-Silicon Valley, though.

“College towns are no longer just sleepy hamlets where learning, sports, conversation and partying prevail,” social and economic theorist Richard Florida wrote in 2011 on The Atlantic Cities website. “The rise of the idea-driven, human capital-powered knowledge economy has transformed many of them into economic powerhouses.”

So, which small college towns in the U.S. make the grade as standout tech hubs?

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America’s Top 15 College Housing Capitals

By Elizabeth Whalen   March 31, 2014

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On college and university campuses, opportunities abound to make friends, join student organizations and discover new hangouts while also cramming for exams and finishing final reports.

Dorms, or residence halls as they’re officially known, can enrich this experience. In addition to being convenient, they provide a structured living environment for students in transition, such as freshmen living away from home for the first time, said Lydia Batchelor, chair of the National Association of College and University Residence Halls. Many residence halls offer special programs to ease students through such transitions, Batchelor said.

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Infographic: 8 Up-and-Coming Tech Hubs in the U.S.

By John Egan   March 6, 2014

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Since SpareFoot is a proud member of Austin’s tech community, it’s safe to say that we think Silicon Hills is the best tech hub in the country. That’s our not-so-unbiased opinion. Yet we’d be foolish to shrug off the other major tech hubs in the U.S. like Silicon Valley, Boston, San Francisco, Seattle and Raleigh, NC.

Along those lines, we also can’t ignore America’s emerging tech hubs–the aspiring Silicon Valleys. In this infographic, SpareFoot shines the spotlight on eight up-and-coming tech hubs. Do any of the places in our roundup surprise you? → Keep Reading

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America’s 15 Baby Boomer Boom Towns

By Elizabeth Whalen   December 17, 2013

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By the time the first Baby Boomers turned 18, they had witnessed the rise of Elvis Presley, the launch of Sputnik, the introduction of the birth control pill, the “I Have a Dream” speech by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

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Which Metro Areas Spend the Most on Moving and Storage?

By John Egan   October 8, 2013

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In Connecticut’s Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk metro area, you’ll spot lots of mansions. After all, it holds the distinction of having the highest concentration of wealthy households (17.9 percent) among all U.S. metro areas. The local town of Greenwich, less than an hour’s drive from New York City, boasts some of the most exclusive neighborhoods in the U.S.

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