keep distributional gains skewed toward existing high-tech regions
Census data of same-sex couples identified as "unmarried partners." (The Census did not ask people to identify their sexual orientation until 2000; the Index has been updated to include this data.) Comparing the Gay Index with the Milken Institute's high-tech rankings of 49 large regions, Gates and Florida discovered that 12 of the top 20 regions with the highest gay populations are among the top 20 high-tech regions
in the United States.
And compared to other high-tech regions
, real estate in the Digital Drive is very affordable.
As this region achieves greater success in attracting high-tech industries from high-tech regions
, and developing high-tech industries internally, cultural and human resource issues will help determine the success of these strategies.
The sooner high-tech regions
like Northern Virginia learn the lesson, the better off they'll be.
Silicon Valley, Silicon Alley, and dozens of high-tech regions
in between rest on the skills of talented programmers, designers, and developers, many of whom are barely out of college - if they finished college at all.
Today, however, the daily news seems as nonchalant as the layoffs are relentless: 10,000 jobs, 2,000 jobs, 40,000 jobs; blue collar positions evaporate in what seemed only yesterday the shiny new growth industries located in the various high-tech regions
, corridors, and valleys.
In Oregon, as in other high-tech regions
, such factors as the availability of land and labor, the proximity to other high-tech firms, and the desirability of the region as a place to live were more important than tax policy.