The Research Triangle
That's the moniker attached to the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill region of North Carolina, where we are now. Like Boston, it has strong academic drivers, and the state has a long-standing track record of financial support for promoting the formation and relocation of businesses, especially those having something to do with the life sciences. I've been interested in the region for a long time; we finally decided to relocate here. Time will tell if that was a wise decision.
I've already been surprised by the vitality of the life science business community here and by the enthusiasm and openness of the people I've met so far. I suspect the local investment community is a bit wanting, certainly in comparison to Boston and Silicon Valley. But otherwise the level of support for entrepreneurs is great. In particular, I commend to your attention the Council for Entrepreneurial Development (
). You don't have to live here to benefit, since one of its resources (
) offers transcripts of prior presentations to prospective business owners on a wide range of topics - quite impressive.
The Research Triangle is worth a look, whether you're seeking new technology, a new job, investment opportunities, or a consulting partner. (As it happens I know of a really good management consulting firm down here!)