By Doug Poutasse

Doug Poutasse serves as Head of Strategy and Research for Bentall Kennedy. He has overall responsibility for real estate and economic data analysis and forecasting.

The technology sector is experiencing a strong surge in demand for knowledge workers and office space, a trend that stands in stark contrast to the lackluster growth of the broader economy and some formerly robust sectors. Real estate investors can take advantage of this trend by adapting their strategies to focus on tech-friendly cities and sub-markets, as well as by offering building features that will attract growing tech firms.

Everyone knows the tech sector has been a driver of the U.S. economy in recent years, but the extent of the boom is not as easily understood. That’s because the sector is less concentrated in a few markets, such as Silicon Valley, than it used to be and start-up companies today....

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