The Atlas of Innovation

Some cities are magnets for groundbreaking industries. Here are 13 that have put themselves on the map.

Sep 30, 2009
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Cities with Groundbreaking Industries

1. BIG BOYS
PORTLAND, OREGON: Columbia, Keen, Adidas, Nike, Sorel, Leatherman, Montrail

2. MOUNTAIN MEN
OGDEN, UTAH: Nidecker Snowboards, Descente, Kahuna Creations, Scott USA

3. COOL AIR
DENVER AND BOULDER: Spyder, GoLite, Montbell, La Sportiva, Pearl Izumi, Zeal Optics

4. POWER SUPPLY
SILICON VALLEY: Apple, SunPower, Google, Tesla, Trimble, Nanosolar

5. WATER NUTS
CAROLINAS: U.S. National Whitewater Center, Diamond Brand, Confluence Watersports (Perception, Dagger, Mad River Canoe)

6. SOLE PATCHERS
VENETO, ITALY: SCARPA, Asolo, Garmont, Lowe Alpine, Fischer Footwear

7. FRENCH CONNECTIONS
RHÔNE-ALPES, FRANCE: Lafuma, Petzl, Sal­omon

8. BIKE BUILDERS
TAICHUNG, TAIWAN: Giant (Specialized, Schwinn, Bianchi, Trek)

9. GERMAN ENGINEERING
MUNICH: BMW, OSRAM, Infineon, Siemens

10. ECO-ENERGY STARS
DENMARK: DONG Energy, Vestas Wind Systems, Inbicon

11. PHOTO PROS
TOKYO: Olympus, Canon, Nikon, Fujifilm

12. BRAVE NEW WORLD
SONGDO, IBD (International Business District), a multi-billion-dollar high-tech metropolis currently being built on 1,500 acres of reclaimed land near Incheon, South Korea

Filed To: Japan, South Korea, France, Germany, Italy, California, San Francisco, Boulder, North Carolina, Portland, South Carolina, Utah, Bikes and Biking, Knives, Digital Cameras, Running Shoes, Whitewater Kayaks, Snow Sports, Skis, Snowboarding, Communications

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