American Underground at the SGA Conference

American Underground at the SGA Conference

Our own Chief Strategist, Adam Klein, was invited to address 12 Governors from across the South at last week’s SGA Annual Meeting:

As originally seen in WRAL TechWire–read the full article here.

DURHAM, N.C. – Durham and the Triangle have done amazing things to raise our collective profile as a destination for entrepreneurs. Part of that success has had to do with national acclaim for our universities and for the major downtown renaissances underway in both the Bull City and Raleigh.

And yet, for all our success and deserved pride, you can sometimes sense the anxiety here around our standing among other ambitious, up-and-coming entrepreneurial metros, a list that includes Nashville, Chicago, and more. A joke circulating earlier this year lumped all of these together under a moniker that chided many cities’ perceived Austin-envy: “South-by-SouthMAYBE.”

So I was intrigued when I received a letter from Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe inviting me to participate in the “Creating Communities of Innovation” panel at the 2014 Annual Meeting of Southern Governors’ Association in Little Rock.

Triangle Stands Tall

Adam Klein, left, touts Triangle to Southern GovernorsJoining a powerhouse gathering seemed an excellent opportunity to gauge exactly where our region stands. What I found is that we stand awfully tall – and that other regions are determined to accelerate and grow as well….


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