In the South, the American South, the Southern part of Eastern North America, all the writers and such keep talking about having a strong sense of place.

Pascal Zachary, whose bio of Vannevar Bush I highly recommend, opines in today’s New York Times on why Silicon Valley, where he lives and writes, is the home of dollars and cents. His claim is that innovation is all about place and he cites some good examples.

There are of course counter examples all over. But the companies we think of when we think of the net are largely in Silicon Valley.

How can a lil ole epicenter of biotech, software and other innovations like RDU compete?