Public information indicates that President Obama has now visited two of eight cities in the Startup America initiative, designed to make government more supportive of startups, including cleantech, nanotech, and life sciences companies. The remaining cities (or regions) are Boston, Silicon Valley, Atlanta, Pittsburgh, Minneapolis, and Boulder. President Obama has already visited Durham and Austin.

It is interesting to compare this list to lists of so-called "swing states." However, I did not see cities in Ohio and Florida on this list of cities to visit. A critical national (if not global) issue continues to be whether the remarkable venture journey of Silicon Valley can be replicated elsewhere.