By Michael Kanellos – What are the secret ingredients needed to transform a city or region into a hotspot in the green economy?
Denmark, Scotland and the rest of the North Sea nations are leaders in wind and the burgeoning potential for wave and tidal power. Why? They are some of the best places in the world to find strong winds and rough seas.
But weather doesn’t paint the whole picture. Human factors, arguably, are far more important in determining a green city. Look again at the U.S. The computer industry did not start in Silicon Valley. It actually began in Philadelphia. The scientists who built ENIAC, America’s first computer, at the University of Pennsylvania founded their spinoff companies like Sperry-Rand nearby.
Then Fred Terman, Stanford University’s Provost in the 1950s, began to woo engineers and aggressively seek out government contracts. Shockley Semiconductor, Fairchild, Intel, Apple and 28 year old billionaires followed. more> http://tinyurl.com/435x8pd