High Tech in the Deep South: Biomedical Firm Clusters in Metropolitan Atlanta

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Susan M. Walcott, Professor (Creator)
Institution
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/

Abstract: The relation between biomedical firms and their metropolitan region location in Atlanta, Georgia is examined as an empirical test of both innovative milieu agglomeration theory and place specific strategies for life science companies in the Deep South. This sectoral analysis utilizes questionnaires and targeted interviews to highlight the economic development role of real estate in suburban employment and residence sites (SEARS) and the intra-metropolitan directional migration of firms. Clustering of related industries is fostered by a shortage of appropriately configured laboratory and office space at the intermediate stage of the business growth cycle, encouraging information sharing and cooperative behavior via proximity by necessity. Lack of a key networking individual or mediating organization critically retards development of this potential growth engine.

Additional Information

Publication
Growth and Change: A Journal of Urban and Regional Policy 30(1):48-74
Language: English
Date: 1999
Keywords
Biomedical firms, region location, Atlanta, Georgia, Deep South, agglomeration theory, place specific strategies, life science companies, SEARS, directional migration