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America’s top states for innovation

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States that spark bright ideas

Practically every business wants to be at the forefront of innovation, but only a handful of states provide the right environment to get them there. Our Technology and Innovation category in America's Top States for Business looks at scientific, medical and agricultural research in all 50 states. We look at patents, high-tech business formation, knowledge jobs and more. Here are 10 states on the edge—the cutting edge.

By Scott Cohn, CNBC senior correspondent
Posted 24 June 2014

Slideshow Sources: National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, Standard & Poor's, State Economic Development Offices

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