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"Give us your geeks"

Posted by: Amy Choi on March 31, 2009

John Tozzi’s fantastic, exhaustive (and yes, exhaustive is the right word) Best Small Cities for Startups offers some juicy tidbits. Who knew Hilo, HI, in the shadow of Mauna Kea and the Kilauea Volcano, is actually a hotbed of entrepreneurial activity?

There are, of course, even smaller cities good for startups. Kingston, N.Y. is one of them. A colorful small town at the heel of the Catskills, it is reshaping itself as a hub for tech entrepreneurs tired of New York City. The Kingston Digital Corridor, a private-public partnership between the city government and residents is promoting the region, even helping tech entrepreneurs with their real estate needs.

In dire times, any helping hand — or finger, or toe, whatever — is reassuring. What other teeny tiny towns are doing their part to promote entrepreneurship? Let us know.

Reader Comments

K.J. McIntyre

March 31, 2009 4:26 PM

Much of the success of Kingston NY's efforts to rebrand to reflect its growing digi-tech population comes from its independent grassroots origin. The volunteer organizers didn't put demands on the city or on organizations within it. We said, "Here's what we're willing to do. Do you want to come join our efforts?" The reality is that economic development dependent on large scale employment or industry moving to this historic community perched on the Hudson less than 2 hours from NYC wasn't going to happen. Instead we're working on our strengths, a core of technoprenuers (Emmy and Grammy winners among them) who value the quality and scale of life in this "first capitol of New York State." Click on the Kingston Digital Corridor link in the story for more reasons.

Mark Greene

March 31, 2009 4:35 PM

If you're thinking about resettling in the northeast come on up to Kingston, New York. We're smack dab in the middle of the Hudson River Valley with just enough urban appeal to meet the needs of New York City tech geeks. Brooklyn on the Hudson!

Sharron Bower

March 31, 2009 4:39 PM

As a Kingston resident with a micro tech business, I can vouch for the plethora of talent (video editors, audio engineers, web and print designer, voice over talent, singers, actors who escaped NYC, etc.), the cheap real estate (sweet old Victorians, etc. just in need of a little TLC), interest in green living, and diversity of this place. Also, the natural beauty of the Hudson River to the east, the Catskill Mountains to the west, Adirondacks to the north, and of course NYC 2 hours to the south. Come visit. It's a hidden treasure.


March 31, 2009 7:58 PM

Yes...the real estate component is designed to make relocating easier. And there's already a big technopreneur community here, which makes me feel right at home....

Paul Rakov

April 1, 2009 9:56 AM

Oh we got geeks.
Right here in a river city.
With a capital G
that rhymes with T
That stand for Tech!

Kingston, NY. We've got geeks. We've got artists. We've got hippies (hey, Woodstock's only 15 minutes We've got culture (I met YoYo Ma here last summer when he played the Performing Arts Center). And we've got just enough New York City influence (just 90 miles via car, bus, or train) to keep us aggressively hip but passively nonchalant.

Check us out:

John Erickson

April 1, 2009 7:20 PM

Portland, Oregon -Speaking of geeks and a great place to live. From Google to Nike and everything in between and around. Portland has some of the lowest costs of starting a business, and you can't beat the atmosphere. Start ups abound, and there are getting to be more and more. Take a look at a blog for travel that just started at and you will learn some inside info that you probably won't find anywhere else. And. the source is from Portland.

The sites really gives you a great overview on the location.

Joe S.

April 2, 2009 3:55 PM

This would definitely be a great place to start a new Tech company and I may think about heading to NY just to check it out.

Check us out:

April DeStefano

April 2, 2009 6:18 PM

Kingston is amazing! I moved here from San Diego California 10 years ago, and will never go back. Commute to NYC just minutes over the Rhinecliff bridge to the train station, or to the NYS Thruway exit 19!

If you want to start a search for homes here in Kingston, sign on here and see all of the great and inexpensive properties Kingston has to offer!

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