The Triangle Business Journal has an article presenting an analysis of the data contained in a Miliken Institute study listing Durham, NC as the sixth best performing city in 2009. While mostly an indicator of job and salary growth the most telling datum is likely Durham's High-Tech GDP Location Quotient for 2008 that places Durham at #4 in the nation for high-tech concentration. Woohoo!
None other than Wired Magazine in their Top 10 Tech Towns list had this to say about the area:
"RALEIGH-DURHAM: The jocks here may get worked up about college hoops, but the tech set is passionate about Linux distros and Mac-PC holy wars. North Carolina’s Triangle is ground zero for Red Hat, SAS Institute, and an IBM center. Bonus: The area hosts two World Beer Festivals a year"
Creative Class champion Richard Florida squeezed us into slot 10 of his recent Next Youth Magnet Cities list saying: "Another great high-tech, university, smart city, which boasts a mild climate, highly educated population, great outdoor activities, and a great music scene."
This is certainly encouraging news to read about the location of the next mini maker faire! The triangle area of North Carolina is a vibrant, intelligent, artistic, technological, and creative area packed with visionary people.
It sure sounds like a perfect location to hold some kind of amazing event celebrating people who are vibrant, intelligent, artistic, technological, and creative, don't you think?