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Mayor Vince Gray has been pushing hard to promote D.C. as a tech city, going so far as to establish a goal in his five-year strategy of making the city the “largest technology center on the East Coast.” That still seems like a stretch, but today he got a nice feather in his cap, which he just proudly tweeted:
DC comes in #1 on Forbes magazine’s list of America’s new tech hot spots! forbes.com/pictures/edgl4… #DCTech
— Vincent C. Gray (@mayorvincegray) January 11, 2013
Well, it’s not quite “DC”—-Forbes gives the No. 1 spot to “Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV,” citing the region’s 21.1 percent growth in the science, technology, engineering, and math fields from 2001 to 2012.
And top “new tech hot spot” is still a far cry from “largest tech center on the East Coast”; these are just trend lines, and places like Silicon Valley and New York aren’t even on the list. But Forbes notes that the San Jose area has actually lost 12.6 percent of its tech jobs since 2001. So if these patterns hold—-and if Gray’s marketing and tax incentives pay off—-D.C. could actually be a top player in the national tech scene before too long.