• Adam Walter

Silicon Prairie

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Tech is booming in the Midwest in an area known as the silicon prairie. This area consists of several places including the Dallas-Fort Worth area in Texas, The Chicago and Champaign-Urbana areas in Illinois, and a multi-state region loosely comprising parts of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Kansas.

You might be thinking, “man, silicon prairie sounds familiar.” Well, you’re right! It’s based off silicon valley, which is in the southern San Francisco Bay Area of California and is home to many start-ups and global technology companies.

The Midwestern spin on this valley started being built about ten years ago and is continuing to grow steadily. The reason for this boom of start-ups is the fact that tech jobs can now be done from anywhere. People no longer have to go to the east or west coasts to get the jobs that they want. Due to a high amount of land open for building large data centers and complexes, this area has become popular in a short amount of time.

There are lots of perks to building a start-up in the Midwest. One, the land is open and vast as well as inexpensive. This means that people can create the space and business that they want at a price that they can afford. Operational costs are also much less expensive than on the coast.

Another perk to having a start-up in the Midwest is that living expenses are much less. Instead of paying a ton of money for a small apartment in the city, people can choose to live in a much bigger house in a nice neighborhood in the Midwest for the same price. Why not start a company where the cost of living and operation is lower?

There is a lot of money in oil, gas and farming in the Midwest, and this money is being put into technology that is making these areas run more efficiently and effectively. Problems are being solved by technology unlike ever before.

It’s exciting to see technology be used for more than we originally thought it could be used for. It’s not just software and tech companies blooming in the silicon prairie. Numerous companies of all kinds are taking root, and we don’t even know it!

The point of all of this is, if you want to work in tech, you no longer have to live on the east or west coasts. Any tech job can be done from the Midwest in the silicon prairie.

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