The region has a thriving and varied business ecosystem from locally-owned stores to global companies, expanding wealth-creation opportunities for families and individuals throughout the region. Medical, education, and high tech sectors continue to play an important role in our economy. New jobs are located near transit, other infrastructure, and existing services. State and local governments and customers support small and mid-sized businesses, including those that are owned by women, people of color, and immigrants. The region remains a destination for students, entrepreneurs, artists, and innovators from all parts of the world.