The Blacksburg/Christiansburg/Radford area is among the communities cited in Expansion Management magazine’s third annual “Knowledge Worker Quotient,” a designation that “identifies metro areas that are exceptionally well placed to attract and nurture high-tech companies and entrepreneurs because of their concentration of extremely well-educated workers.”

In the accompanying article, “America’s Super Cities of the Future,” the Blacksburg/Christiansburg/Radford area placed second in the category of “Top Metros: Ph.D.s Per Capita,” following only Ithaca, N.Y. The area also placed 14th in the category of “Best Educated Technical Work Force.” Blacksburg/Christiansburg/Radford also made the list of “Five-Star Knowledge Worker Metros.”

“Clearly,” the story by Chief Editor Bill King and Senior Research Editor Michael Keating said, “having a well-educated work force—engineers, scientists, Ph.D.s—in proximity to a major university, with its world-class faculty and buckets of R&D {research and development} dollars, is a major drawing card for technology-driven companies in the Knowledge Economy.”

Expansion Management can be found on-line at The article can be found here.