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Open Source for the Rust Belt?

Jan 19, 2008, 05:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by James Gray)

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"Today the San Francisco Chronicle reported that over 45% of North American investment in green technology last year landed in California. Of the $3.95 billion invested, $1.79 billion went to firms in the Golden State. That is pretty incredible, given that California's population is roughly 10% of the U.S. and Canada. Can other places improve their fortunes and grab a larger piece of the somewhat finite investment pie?

"On one hand, it's great to see Silicon Valley and the rest of the Golden State turn so adeptly on a dime after the tech downturn and strike it rich on new technology. On the other hand, it seems somewhat unfair that the rest of North America must scrape for the leftovers. My current home, the historically auto-centric State of Michigan, is a prime example of a place left out in the cold for growth industries like green tech--or Linux, biotech, etc. What should a state that is Michigan do to seize the future and get out of the doldrums...?"

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