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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Bellevue rated best place to "live and launch"

Citing its growth as a high-tech hub, balanced by cozy neighborhoods and nearly 100 parks, Fortune Small Business Magazine rates Bellevue the best Bellevue's skyline one eveningplace in the United States to live and launch a new business.

Presenting its "100 best places to live and launch" list Wednesday, Fortune Small Business noted, "We canvassed the country to find towns with the best mix of business advantages and lifestyle appeal." Bellevue came out on top for its combination of abundant tech talent and gorgeous views.

Earl Overstreet, chief executive officer of General Microsystems, talks about being able to recruit skilled tech professionals for his business software consulting firm and walk around Mercer Slough Nature Park at lunch hour. Bellevue businesses are prepared to operate globally, able to hire from an increasingly diverse population, Overstreet said.

The magazine cited low crime rates, great schools and excellent health care as additional assets of living and doing business in Bellevue.

Bellevue's transition from bedroom community to booming Eastside city was noted in Fortune Small Business, but "Bellevue has grown with unusual grace in recent years," the magazine observed.

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