of the Southern cities also seemed surprising. Turns out there’s sound logic behind the high rankings.
“New York City has the highest concentration of design firms in the country, so we can see some correlation there, but with other cities in our list, local industry is absolutely linked,” said Ripaldi. “Greensboro, N.C., for example, has the headquarters of a major aircraft manufacturer and a major truck manufacturer, as well as organizations like the North Carolina Technology Association pushing new tech business into the area. That means more opportunities for designers.”
Rob Spiegel has covered automation and control for 17 years, 15 of them for Design News. Other topics he has covered include supply chain technology, alternative energy, and cyber security. For 10 years, he was owner and publisher of the food magazine Chile Pepper.
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