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Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Second Tier Regions

Heike Mayer, Professor of Economic Geography, Institute of Geography, University of Bern, Switzerland
Second tier high-tech regions are taking a different path than their well-known counterparts such as Silicon Valley or Route 128 around Boston. They may lack many prerequisites of growth such as a world-class research university or high levels of venture capital funding. Often, however, they can successfully leverage anchor firms and entrepreneurial spinoffs. This book explores the evolution of these regions in the United States.
Extent: 272 pp
Hardback Price: $128.00 Web: $115.20
Publication Date: 2012
ISBN: 978 1 84720 359 5
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  • Business and Management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Economics and Finance
  • Economic Geography
  • Economics of Entrepreneurship
  • Economics of Innovation
  • Regional Economics
  • Geography
  • Economic Geography
  • Innovation and Technology
  • Economics of Innovation
  • Urban and Regional Studies
  • Regional Economics
Second tier high-tech regions are taking a different path than their well-known counterparts such as Silicon Valley or Route 128 around Boston. They may lack many prerequisites of growth such as a world-class research university or high levels of venture capital funding. Often, however, they can successfully leverage anchor firms and entrepreneurial spinoffs. This book explores the evolution of these regions in the United States.

The author critically examines how they evolved as knowledge-based economies, how they leveraged entrepreneurship and innovation, and ultimately how they employed public policy to support economic growth.

Filling a gap in the literature, the book speaks to researchers and policymakers across the fields of entrepreneurship, economic geography and economic development planning. Entrepreneurship researchers will find this book interesting because it focuses on the role of new venture creation in regional economic development.
‘. . . this is a useful path-breaking book that should open a new dialogue about economic development and offer hope to a great number of places.’
– Maryann P. Feldman and Jongmin Choi, Journal of Regional Science
Contents: 1. Introduction 2. The Evolution of High-Technology Regions 3. Identifying Emerging High-Tech Regions 4. Portland: Two Anchor Firms Seed the Silicon Forest 5. Boise: Printers and Semiconductors in the Treasure Valley 6. Kansas City: Growing a Second Tier Life Sciences Region in the Heartland 7. Conclusion References Index