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6 tech launching pads

A look at six rising technology hubs across the country, from the Pacific Northwest to southern Virginia - and even the Rust Belt.

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Bellevue, Wash.
Bellevue, Wash.
With Microsoft's Redmond headquarters just five miles from downtown, Bellevue attracts a wealth of talented software engineers. (Hitachi and Sun Microsystems also have facilities in the area). The city hosts a number of successful startups, such as Expedia.com, dreamt up by former Microsoft employees, as well as a growing community of videogame developers.

Other thriving local industries include telecommunications and wireless technology. For these industries, one of the city's main attractions is investment firm Trilogy Equity Partners, which was co-founded by John Stanton, Western Wireless founder and former CEO of T-Mobile USA, also based in Bellevue.

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Last updated March 26 2008: 11:55 AM ET