Some of the most important inventions of the last hundred years:
Air conditioning–which made it possible to do productive work in any climate
Credit cards–which enabled transactions to take place at a distance
Television–which homogenized 150 world cultures into just a few
Federal Express and container ships–which made the transport of physical goods both dependable and insanely cheap
The internet–which moved information from one end of the world to the other as easily as across the room
Cell phones–which cut the wires
If you're still betting on geography, on winning merely because you're local, I hope you have a special case in mind.