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August 4, 2010
Davis, Folsom listed among top small cities for tech companies

Despite relatively high operating costs, Davis and Folsom are listed among the top 45 small cities in America for running a technology company, according to a consultant's report.

The consultant, John Boyd of Princeton, N.J., advises corporations on site locations. He said Davis and Folsom offer talented workers, access to the UC Davis brainpower and state policymakers, among various attributes. They also provide a "low-cost alternative to the Bay Area," he said during a visit to Sacramento this week.

Boyd said he surveyed 45 of the "up and coming...best small markets in the country" for high tech. Davis and Folsom made the list - although they're among the most expensive on it.

He said it would cost $27 million a year to run a hypothetical 250,000 square foot high-tech factory in Davis, a little less in Folsom.

Boyd released his study at a time when companies are beginning to look around again for new locations, following a multi-year freeze brought on by the recession. "Clients are taking projects off the shelf," he said.

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