Akron: From Rust Belt to Polymers and Bioenergy

Hit hard by the loss of industrial jobs, Akron is steadily restoring its economy with ingenious technologies like biogas, polymers and biomedical applications.

Renewable energy is one example. Having the country’s only biogas facility, Akron receives some of its electricity through a partnership with KB BioEnergy, which generates power via the decomposition of sludge. Continue reading

Albuquerque: Work Hard and Play Hard

Wedged between the Rio Grande and the Sandia Mountains, Albuquerque offers a supportive environment for entrepreneurs and lots of fun outdoor activities when the work is done.

The city of roughly half a million people in Central New Mexico is surrounded by skiing, snowboarding and three World Heritage sites showcasing the state’s ancestral pueblo culture. Continue reading

Tampa’s Hot for Startups and Innovation

Just a short drive from some of the country’s best beaches, Tampa’s dynamic business growth and affordability can make it irresistible for startups.

The metropolitan area along Florida’s West Coast, which includes St. Petersburg and Clearwater, is home to Publix Super Markets, Raymond James, WellCare Health Plans and several other Fortune 500 companies. Continue reading

Funding and Incentives Helped St. Louis Reach the Top

St. Louis, Mo. was recently identified as the nation’s top startup city because it wrapped up 2015 with the highest annual growth in venture capital funding.

But financial backing isn’t the only benefit entrepreneurs will find in the city just west of the Mississippi River.

Known as a hub of biotech and plant science research, St. Louis offers plenty of other startup resources and a cost of living that’s roughly 5 percent below the national average. Continue reading