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There's only one Silicon Valley, but hopes of being Silicon Something has tech communities popping up nationwide.

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Once upon a time, in a valley rimmed with rolling, mustard-colored hills, the small but revolutionary computer industry was born. This now infamous place has long since come to be known as , of course, and through the years, the now-multibillion-dollar high-tech industry flourishing has spawned thousands of storybook endings, from Yahoo! to Apple

But the fairy tale doesn't end there. Enticed by the abundance of opportunity and prosperity created in the Valley, cities with strong bases such as Austin, Texas, and Boston as well as dark horses like Lynn, Massachusetts, are vying to become the next chapter in this seemingly never-ending story. "After nine years of expansion in Silicon Valley, other cities really want to create that type of wealth," says Mark Horn, senior vice president of the emerging-technologies division of Santa Clara, California-based Silicon Valley Bank, which specializes in serving emerging technology and life-sciences companies.

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