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Mesa ranks eighth in top cities for technology startups
By: Melissa Randazzo
10/16/12 4:12 PM

For Release: Oct. 16, 2012
Contact: Melissa Randazzo
Public Information & Communications Specialist
480-644-3219
melissa.randazzo@mesaaz.gov

        Mesa has always touted itself as a great place to do business. Now there is data to back it up. As reported by American Express, Mesa and Chandler both ranked in the top ten nationwide in technology startup businesses. Mesa ranked eighth in the country just ahead of Seattle, WA while Chandler ranked fourth. Both cities have encouraged entrepreneurs to start businesses in the East Valley.
        
“It is exciting to have a respected organization like American Express recognize that Mesa and the East Valley are great places to start technology businesses,” Mayor Scott Smith said.
        
The “T” in Mesa’s H.E.A.T. Initiative for Economic Development stands for technology and a considerable amount of effort has been put into making Mesa an ideal location for technology startups. The Gateway area is full of opportunities for technology companies interested in an environment surrounded by aerospace, defense, security and research.
        
iMesa is another initiative that has attracted attention from the technology community. The web based, crowd sourcing interface allowed HeatSync Labs, a hackerspace, to relocate to downtown Mesa by posting the idea and immediately getting more votes than any other.
        
Mesa, Chandler and eight other western cities round out the top ten places for startups in computers, software, medical devices and electronics. The data and analysis came from SizeUp, a San Francisco–based provider of free business intelligence for small and mid-sized businesses. The ranking is based on companies less than five years old and located in the top 100 cities by population.
        
The full top ten list includes, Fremont, CA; San Jose, CA; Irving, TX; Chandler, AZ; Austin, TX; Paradise, NV; Anaheim, CA; Mesa, AZ; Seattle, WA; and Santa Ana, CA.  

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