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“Many communities dream of becoming the next Silicon Valley. This one is actually doing it.
“Stroll through the hip Fremont District and you will sense the Valley vibe. Google recently opened a research lab here, its second in Microsoft’s backyard. Technology start-ups are sprouting up amid quirky neighborhood landmarks like a bronze statue of Lenin and the Fremont Troll, the giant concrete creature lurking beneath the George Washington Memorial Bridge.
“More young companies are moving in downtown, near the art galleries and bookstores around Pioneer Square. Still others are spreading into the surrounding suburbs.
“‘The Seattle start-up ecosystem is vibrant, and growing rapidly,’ said Oren Etzioni, an artificial-intelligence expert at the University of Washington and a serial technology entrepreneur.
“The University of Washington, in fact, is one of the big draws. It is fostering the entrepreneurial climate here the way Stanford University does in Silicon Valley.”