All over America, elected officials vowed to build the "next Silicon 
      Valley." What region has had the stuff to stand up to the tough 2000 market? 
      We looked at jobs, venture investment, and stocks in some of the most visible 
      wannabe tech havens. The skinny:
      
                                    VENTURE
                       TECH       INVESTMENT                       DOT-COM
                    JOB GROWTH       4Q'00      STOCK PRICES       LAYOFFS
      CITY          1999-2000*     vs. 1Q'00   1/1/00-12/31/00  JUNE-DEC. 2000
      
      Austin           5.3%         -62.8%            NA**           339
      Boston           2.7%         -37.8%         -21.8%          1,480
      Dallas           1.9%          66.0%***       -1.6%            186
      Seattle          9.0%         -22.8%           0.0%          2,558
      Washington D.C.  5.9%         -11.2%         -10.7%             85
      Silicon Valley   2.0%         -21.2%         -16.8%          2,624
      
      * Based on economy.com forecasts revised in January, 2001
      
      ** Bloomberg Financial Markets discontinued the Bloomberg Austin Index on 
      10/17/2000
      
      *** In Dallas, two companies received $633 million in the fourth quarter--more 
      than the whole area got in the first quarter
      
      Data: Economy.com, Venture Economics, Bloomberg Financial Markets, and 
      Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc.
      
      
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