Happy Holidays! Given that it’s a gradual information week, I’m going to take this week’s e-newsletter to spotlight a few of my favourite tales we’ve printed within the Heartland Tech section this yr, along with a few of the greatest tales we printed this week.

This story on 5 U.S. cities Amazon ought to think about for HQ2 was our most-viewed one on the Heartland Tech channel this yr. The cities had been: Austin, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Columbus, and Salt Lake City. If I needed to write the checklist over once more, I most likely would have added a Southern metropolis, comparable to Atlanta or Dallas, to the combination. It’s value noting because the Amazon HQ2 resolution attracts nearer that a few of the most important sources that the ecommerce big will likely be searching for in its second headquarters embrace: accessible actual property, entry to loads of tech expertise, and, after all, beneficiant tax subsidies.

I additionally coated an eye-opening examine from the Economic Innovation Group, which discovered that almost 3 in 4 jobs go to the highest 40 p.c of communities within the U.S. I extremely counsel studying the examine should you haven’t to know how giant the hole between economically affluent and economically distressed communities within the U.S. is changing into. It’s a subject that we’ll be discussing at VentureBeat’s inaugural BLUEPRINT occasion, which is able to happen March 5-7 in Reno, Nevada. If you’re keen on becoming a member of the dialogue, you possibly can request your invite right here.

One of our visitor writers, Dustin McKissen, wrote about an early stage fund for rural startups launched by the state of Colorado and the way it can function a mannequin for the nation. As McKissen wrote, this fund “sends an necessary message to rural residents, who really feel more and more really feel left behind by a quickly altering economic system.”

Finally, Byron Auguste and Yolanda Townsend, from a nonprofit known as Opportunity at Work, mentioned how Heartland startups might help ease the expertise shortage of their metropolis by contemplating extra candidates from non-traditional backgrounds. Their premise is easy: If you are able to do the job, it’s best to get the job.

I’m wanting ahead to telling extra tales in regards to the Heartland in 2018. As all the time, please ship information suggestions or suggestions to me by way of e-mail, and please keep in mind to share these #HeartlandTech tales on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook.

Thanks for studying,

Anna Hensel
Heartland Tech Reporter

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Are VCs poisonous? Not within the Midwest

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CubeMonk lauded at forefront of disruptive blockchain cryptocurrency revolution

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