by Max Brantley
A NE Arkansawyer sends a link to Business Insider, which puts Jonesboro atop a list of 20 "micropolitan" areas in the U.S. with potential to be the next Silicon Valley.
Rating factors: broadband access, big workforce, vibrant local economy, university presence.
While most people immediately associate the phrase “start-up” with Silicon Valley, or New York, the fact is that there are millions of budding entrepreneurs outside of America’s existing technology centers.
As broadband spreads into rural areas and small towns across the United States, economies are emerging in places that haven’t been considered viable markets by traditional investors and hardware manufacturers looking for areas to expand.
That is about to change.
According to the United States Census Bureau, small towns, cities, and counties with 10,000 to 50,000 residents are considered “micropolitan statistical areas.”