By Marguerite Reardon via CNET.com
CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee -- When Platt Boyd decided to quit his job as an architect and use his retirement savings to start a company that would construct buildings with a 3D printer, he didn't move his family to Silicon Valley or Brooklyn. He came here.
Boyd had been an architect for 15 years, and he left his steady paycheck and company benefits at Seay, Seay, & Litchfeld Architects in Alabama to participate in Chattanooga's Gigtank accelerator, a 100-day program where startups come and get guidance from industry experts and business mentors with expertise in broadband and entrepreneurship.
Boyd and the three other members of his team could have come for the Gigtank experience and returned home after it ended in July. Instead, they decided to stay in Chattanooga and create a company, Branch Technology, here. For Boyd, the decision was an easy one. The 3D printing brain trust is in Chattanooga, and that's where he wanted to be.
"Honestly, it was a bigger decision to quit my steady job than deciding to relocate the company," he said.