In the Fortune Small Business April 2008 edition, they have a 100 Best Places to Live and Launch and San Luis Obispo is #78 on the list. The cities are ranked for the best mixture of business advantages and lifestyle appeal.
For San Luis Obispo, here’s what they say:
“Sunny San Luis Obispo boasts a mild Mediterranean climate, vibrant retail, and beautiful views – as well as one of the most tech-savvy populations around. The city is home to the prestigious Cal Poly University, creating an enviable talent pool for local businesses in addition to breeding a youthful culture.
But San Luis Obispo is wired in more ways than one: The area’s fiber optic lines create superior connectivity. Not surprisingly, high tech businesses flourish, as well as engineering and architecture firms.”
I sure wish the above was all true. We do have a talent pool with Cal Poly being in our backyard but I don’t see any significant high tech businesses in the area. Sure, we have a few web design companies but that’s about it. We had some of the larger high tech firms in Slicon Valley and elsewhere that have had satellite offices with people telecommuting but I think most have (or are) closing these.
As for fiber connectivity, the only fiber I’m aware of is the cables that go under the ocean to Japan and come out to the switching station on Los Osos Valley Road near Foothill. We can’t even get Verizon’s high-speed network for wireless Internet connectivity in our area.
I hope that this article is read by some entrepeneurs and we do get some high tech startup companies in the area. It would be nice not to have to rely so much on tourism. Don’t know how to access the talent pool at Cal Poly though. I’ve tried to get students to do some programming for me and I advertised on Craigs List but didn’t get any responses.