Silicon Valley, an area with significant ties to technology and forward-thinking companies, plays host to more than 7,000 technology-based corporations, including Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Cisco, Oracle and Apple. Many pull from the variety of top-rated universities and research centers in the area, like Stanford, UC Berkeley, San Jose State, UC Santa Cruz and the NASA Ames Research Center.
For business and trade, the area is served by a superior system of interstate highways,
deep water ports and convenient public transportation, including San Jose International Airport. Silicon Valley's unique appeal is further enhanced by the striking Northern California Coast, lush Napa Valley Wine Country and downtown San Francisco that are all within driving distance.