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Top-10 North American Cities for Corporate Innovation    [Date Added : 06/20/2017 ]
In a single building in Atlanta, Georgia, you can find innovation centers run by Anthem, AT&T, Delta Air Lines, Home Depot, Panasonic and Southern Company. Reebok's new headquarters on the edge of Boston's harbor will be in the same building as a start-up accelerator, MassChallenge, a new Stanley Black & Decker makerspace, and an architecture-focused innovation center run by the software company Autodesk.
All of these cities rank high on the Innovation Leader's list of the top cities for corporate innovation in North America. The top-five cities are:

1. San Francisco-San Jose
2. Boston-Cambridge
3. New York
4. Los Angeles
5. Seattle

The list was determined according to:

- Global 1000 companies with R&D labs or innovation centers, and their R&D investment levels.

- Trend-setting technology companies with large partner ecosystems (e.g., Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft, Salesforce).

- Start-up density, including accelerator programs, incubators, and co-working spaces.

- The presence of top-tier research universities.

- Conferences, trade shows and networking events that foster interactions among corporate executives, entrepreneurs, and academic researchers.

And while much of this corporate innovation may be located in city centers, the study did take into account research labs or innovation outposts located in the greater metropolitan area. That means, for example, that the analysis of Washington, DC, includes adjacent locales like Bethesda, Maryland and Arlington, Virginia.
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