A suburban sprawl in Hamilton County, the city of Carmel sits immediately north of Indianapolis and is one of the fastest growing communities in the country. Known as one of the "Best Places to Live in the United States", it has a lucky few residents of about 92,198 people lingering over coffee in cafes or buying up big at the Carmel Farmers Market that is one of the largest in the state. It's where you can splash about in the city's $24.5 million water park and mega-fitness center when not working hard in a coworking venue coming up with brilliant ideas to dominate the world. Originally settled by Quakers and named "Bethlehem", it was in 1874 that the name was changed to "Carmel". The town was the site of the first automatic traffic signals in the United States and has quite a few buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places to keep a smile on any history buff's face.
Indiana has a collaborative and dynamic tech community with 21 of its tech companies making the Inc. 5000 "Fastest Growing" list in 2017. VentureBeat has named the city as one of the tech hubs to watch and it has been given the nickname of "Silicon Prairie". Startups in Indiana are proving to be just as competitive in the marketplace as companies being created on the coasts, proving that you don't need salt air and the ocean to get the innovative brain waves happening. There are challenges to overcome when sitting in the heartland, but Midwest companies are beginning to attract more venture capital, universities are spewing out talented souls into the hiring pool and the lower cost of living is driving more professionals toward the heartland cities.
Midwest cities have clusters of tech accelerators with tight-knit communities and plenty of support making it a sure thing that the tech scene will continue to grow and change the city in years to come. Coworking in Carmel is an attractive proposition for those into cycling as it's home to Indiana's only "Gran Fondo" (think bicycle racing) that is held on an annual basis.
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