Cities with Groundbreaking Industries

The Atlas of Innovation

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

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

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