"It's common for people in other parts of the country to think of Seattle and the Portland area as the Silicon Forest
," Bruckner said.
As the Silicon Forest
morphs into the Bioforest, startup companies that do genetic testing or drug design going to need people who can set up databases and handle the computational side of things and help the biological scientists make their discoveries."
The Silicon Forest
is an important documentation of a high-tech "success." As such, it is a valuable contribution to the continuing scholarship needed to understand the role that high-tech business can play in regional economic development.
Dodds, of The Silicon Forest
: High Tech in the Portland Area, 1945-1986 (1991).
For years, many people assumed a desert stood between Portland's Silicon Forest
and the San Francisco Bay Area's Silicon Valley, Bruckner said.
Fortunately, Oregon's claim to its best known silicon moniker -- the Silicon Forest
in Washington County -- seems sound.
That would be Intel, the California-based high-tech giant that first set up camp in Oregon's silicon forest
in the 1970s and has been growing, though not steadily, since.
Already, our Silicon Forest
ranks 11th among the 50 states in dot-com domain registrations and 11th in size of Internet market among 200-plus metropolitan markets.
When the 108th Congress convenes in January, Smith expects President Bush to propose new measures to "provide additional stimulus to our economy which I think will make possible the re-employment of our people, from the forest to the silicon forest