The way to help a region is to be the place where they get more funding. I tried a thought experiment about that (http://paulgraham.com/maybe.html). The problem is, it would cost a lot more.
The other distinctive thing about them is how committed they are. You can see it in everything from the design of their site to their reputation for customer service. They would be aghast at the thought of doing something in a half-assed way.