19. Leon County, FL
Best Places Job Growth Talahassee FL
Towns include: Tallahassee
Job growth (2000-2011): 19.1%

The forecast for Leon County's economy: Sunny and bright. Tech startups are sprouting here, with many taking advantage of research developed at local universities Florida State and Florida A&M.

Clean tech, in particular, is taking off in this part of the Sunshine State. Fuel cell parts maker Bing Energy decided last year to relocate its headquarters from California, creating nearly 250 positions.

Meanwhile, Leon County is making sure its future workforce is prepared to handle the needs of its growing innovation economy. Tallahassee Community College runs a center that focuses on high-tech and precision manufacturing training.


  @Money - Last updated August 20 2012 08:49 AM ET
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