The Council’s analysis what fast growing firms “really want” is almost done – talks and surveys of over 50 CEOs of fast growing firms from all clusters and sizes points to a serious lack of dense networks, critical mass of similar tech firms, concerns about attracting young people with new skills, connecting to the world and New York and a desire for closer relationships with the regions research universities. Of course the worries about high costs and fears of higher taxes are their too. Still, what our top CEOs say is that they can afford the costs – after all we are still less expensive than Boston or Silicon Valley – as long as the state “gets its act together” and creates a healthy innovation environment. More details to come soon and we are hoping the new governor is listening.
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