Silicon Silliness revisited

Silicon this. Digital that. There are places all over the country that would have you believe that they are new hotbeds of high technology and job opportunity. We take a look at the reality behind their myths.

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Silicon Somethings

Arizona

Missouri

Phoenix — Silicon Desert

Kansas City — Silicon Prairie

California

Band thru Kansas City/Columbia/St. Louis— Silicon River

Orange County — Biotech Beach

Montana

Palm Springs to Thermal — Cyberchella Valley

Region around Kalispel — Silicon Glacier

Coast south from Ventura — Digital Coast

Nebraska

Santa Monica/Marina Del Ray — Media Del Ray

Lincoln — Silicon Plains, Silicon Prairie

Areas south of Market Street, San Francisco — Multimedia Gulch

New Hampshire

Santa Barbara — Silicon Beach

Portsmouth — e-Coast

Southern part of state — Silicon Freeway

New Jersey

San Jose — Silicon Gulch

Garden State Parkway — Silicon Parkway

Alameda — Silicon Island

New Mexico

Scotts Valley — Silicon Village

Albuquerque/Santa Fe/Los Alamos — Silicon Mesa

Petaluma/Santa Rosa/Napa Valley — Silicon Vineyard

New York

San Diego — Telecom Beach

Lower East Side, Manhattan — Silicon Alley

Colorado

Long Island — Silicon Island

Colorado Springs — Silicon Mountain

North Carolina

Connecticut

Raleigh/Durham — Silicon Triangle

Merritt and Wilbur Cross Parkways — Silicon Parkway

Catawba County — Telecom Valley

Florida

Ohio

Boca Raton — Silicon Bayou

Over-the-Rhine area, Cincinnati — Digital Rhine

Entire state — Silicon Beach

Oklahoma

Indiantown — Silicon Swamp

Payne County — Silicon Prairie

Perry — Silicon Swamp

Oregon

Illinois

Portland — Silicon Forest

Chicago — Silicon City, Silicon Prairie

Pennsylvania

Urbana/Champaign — Silicon Prairie

Philadelphia — Philicon Valley

Iowa

Mountaintop — Silicon Mountain

Iowa City/Fairfield vicinity — Silicon Prairie

Suburbs around Valley Forge and Wayne — Silicon Valley Forge

Fairfield — Silicorn Valley

South Dakota

Louisiana

Sioux Falls vicinity — Silicon Prairie

Entire state — Silicon Bayou

Tennessee

Maine

Oak Ridge — Silicon Hollow

Portland — WebPort

Texas

Massachusetts

Austin — Silicon Gulch

Boston — Cyber District

Hills west of downtown Austin — Silicon Hills

Entire state — Dot Commonwealth

Richardson — Silicon Prairie, Telecom Corridor

Area around Hudson — Silicon Hill

Ed Bluestein Blvd., Austin — Silicon Prairie Texas

Hudson — Silicon Mountain

Virginia

Boston suburbs (Route 128 loop) — Silicon Necklace

Fairfax County — e-Country

Cape Cod — Silicon Sandbar

Entire state — Silicon Dominion, Silicon Plantation

North Adams — Silicon Village

Northern Virginia, suburbs of Washington — Silicon Holler

Michigan

Richmond — Silicon Seaboard

Oakland County — Automation Alley

Washington

Minanesota

Seattle — Silicon Forest, Silicon Rain Forest

Area around Minneapolis/St. Paul — Silicon Prairie, Silicon Snowbank, Silicon Tundra

Whidbey Island — Silicon Island

Wenatchee Valley — Silicon Orchard

Source: "Tasty Bits From the Technology Front" newsletter

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