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Jones Lang LaSalle’s national ranking of top high-tech cities puts Raleigh-Durham in the top 10, highlighting the influence of high-tech start-ups on economic growth
RALEIGH, Aug. 14, 2013 — It’s not just Silicon Valley that forms the nucleus of the U.S. high-tech growth economy, but hubs such as Raleigh-Durham are emerging thanks to the burgeoning high-tech start-up culture. Jones Lang LaSalle’s (JLL) national ranking of top cities for high-tech companies shows the impact of the evolving start-up culture on Raleigh-Durham’s office demand, traditional workplace environment, and economy.
“Raleigh-Durham has jumped from
number 16 on the national list to number nine,” explains Mehtab
Randhawa, Raleigh-Durham Research Analyst. “That leap illustrates the
impact that high-tech has had on our local economy, just within the last
year. Our market’s growth is driven by start-ups, many of which are
located in incubators offering office space, access to professional
services, collaboration, and venture capital opportunities.”
New center of innovation: Raleigh-DurhamFor
every new innovation job created in a community, five additional jobs
are created in the same metropolitan area. With high-tech incubators
providing centers for these clusters to thrive, an increasing number of
U.S. cities are relying on the high-tech sector for economic growth.
In fact, the sector has not only stimulated real estate recovery and
expansion, but it is also helping drive new construction. The top 12
markets tracked in JLL’s report account for almost 50 percent, more than
23 million square feet of new construction. At number nine,
Raleigh-Durham currently has a total of 300,000 square feet of office
space under construction.
JLL’s index (see graphic) rates each city
on four primary factors: high-tech employment, share of U.S. venture
capital funding, intellectual capital, and innovation. As a result, the
top five markets include longstanding high-technology industry meccas –
but then the list gets interesting. New York is just outside the top
ten, outranked by emerging clusters such as Raleigh-Durham.
is climbing the list rapidly with a robust high-tech cluster located in
proximity to a highly-skilled labor pool of GenX and Millennial
high-tech professionals, where 41.5 percent of the population aged 25
and up has their Bachelor’s degree or higher.
continue to flock to the Triangle-area in an effort to tap into the
highly-skilled talent pool of employees here,” said Randhawa. “High-tech
services jobs currently make up a 14.2 percent share of office jobs in
the region. The presence of three major universities – Duke University
in Durham, North Carolina State University in Raleigh, and The
University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill – has helped create quality
jobs in the region, driving economic growth.”
Incubators foster innovation in start-ups Technology
incubators have become the modern alternative to the suburban garages
where Apple, Hewlett Packard, and other high-tech giants began. They
have maintained the focus on disruptive technologies and added modern,
flexible office space, amenities such as, furniture, networking,
training and access to venture capital opportunities.
these new start-ups will not only be able to provide the requisite
entrepreneurial and tech environment, but will help in recovery and
expansion of the real estate sector,” Randhawa said. “Significant
capital and labor investments by these firms will be crucial in changing
the work culture and business climate of Raleigh-Durham.”
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