We don't want to promote a zero-sum competition between regions in the U.S. If we want to focus on advanced manufacturing, as we should, I think the moderately high-tech industries are a good place to start. When companies are clustered together it tends to attract the kind of skilled labor force that they need and attract the suppliers that they do business with.
There is nothing wrong with moderately high-tech industries—Germany has developed a very productive and innovative manufacturing sector based on them.
Because the recovery is so painfully slow, people may begin to think of the trends established during the recovery as normal.