Should you relocate your smart grid company to Atlanta? Or maybe...


By: SGN Staff


Quick Take: Venture Atlanta has posted a blog bragging about the region's growing bona fides as a magnet for energy management firms. Actually, the story is even bigger than energy management. Thanks to GE's smart grid center of excellence and Georgia Tech's powerful research program, the region is a hot spot for all things smart grid. Thanks to its business-friendly climate, it's a great place for startups.


Atlanta is indeed an important smart grid center, but I don't know if I'd award it first place. That crown might go to North Carolina, which has a significant presence from companies such as ABB, Duke Energy, Elster, Itron, Sensus and more. (ABB has a smart grid center of excellence of its own there.) But does the presence of all those established giants stifle the startup scene?


Some would argue for Ontario. Indeed, the province has a stated goal to become the world's most advanced grid. Others would say Silicon Valley / Bay Area, which is home to Silver Spring Networks, Oracle Utilities and many, many others. Yet California is in a race with Massachusetts to be the nation's most highly taxed, highly regulated, least business friendly location.


So, what do you think is the best place to launch a startup?? Atlanta, North Carolina, Ontario, Silicon Valley, elsewhere? Use the Talk Back form to share your thoughts. - Jesse Berst

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