How clusters start

Monday, August 13, 2007

Clusters take time to form, and they also require an anchor investment of some kind.

These anchor investments vary. Sometimes anchor investments take the form of large companies moving in. So, for example, an auto assembly plant attracts suppliers. In other cases, like Fairchild Semiconductor in Silicon Valley, the large anchor "breeds" spin-off start-up companies.

In other cases, the anchor investment can be a research facility focused on a new technology platform. That's what's happening in Ann Arbor with the Connected Vehicle Proving Center. Read more.

posted by Ed Morrison |

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