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Why Are Women-Owned Businesses Such Small Businesses?

Women own 30 percent of private businesses but generate just 11 percent of sales. Several factors contribute to this. 

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How the University of Minnesota Turns Research Into Local Business Opportunities

Resources for entrepreneurs and industry partnerships have made it easier than ever for university inventions to hit the market.

Twin Cities RISE!

The Job Training Program That Actually Works

Twin Cities RISE! is a long-term, expensive program. It also saves the government money.

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The Neighborhood Development Dreams of the Twin Cities' Newest Light-Rail Line

Civic leaders in Minneapolis and St. Paul hope the Green Line will attract billions of dollars in economic growth.

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How the Twin Cities Hope to Get Ahead of Demographic Change

The mayor of Minneapolis talks about the challenges facing the Twin Cities and collaborative solutions for addressing them.

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How Gentrification Is Reshaping Oakland's Schools

The city's incoming middle- and upper-class families are rallying around public schools.

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Could Free Rent Bring Oakland's Downtown to Life?

The city's commercial center still feels depressingly lifeless. "Popuphood" wants to change that, fast.

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Oakland's Bid to Become a Solar-Power Hub

The rise of solar-power companies and other solar innovators has created a future-oriented economic sector for the city.

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How Oakland Escaped San Francisco's Shadow

Democratic Mayor Jean Quan explains why the city is another Brooklyn—and the violent Occupy protests are just a blip.

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One City's $88 Million Plan to Send More Kids to College

In 2008, Syracuse started promising graduates full college tuition. Now it's rising above the national averages for enrollment.

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A Key to Getting More Low-Income Kids to Go to College: Better Advising

The National College Advising Corps is placing recent graduates in high-needs schools to help guide students through the application process.

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If You Build It, They Will Come: How Cleveland Lured Young Professionals Downtown

It's easy, really: create places people want to be.

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Richard M. Daley Wants to Make Your City More Sustainable

The former Chicago mayor is launching The Sustainability Exchange to help cities innovate for the future.

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We Could Have Fixed the Underwater Mortgage Crisis a Long Time Ago

This surprisingly simple solution is win-win, if only the banks would sign on.

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Could You Run Your City on Oats?

What metros can learn from universities' efforts to go green.

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The Public-Private Partnership Whisperer

Living Cities CEO Ben Hecht is reinventing how cities leverage investment for big projects.

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How Milwaukee Could Transform Itself Into the 'Silicon Valley' of Fresh Water

Inside the city's ambitious plans to become a hub of water-related technology and innovation.

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The End of Blue Collar Work?

Companies like Milwaukee's Rockwell Automation excel at productivity, but create far fewer jobs than traditional manufacturing.

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Milwaukee Looks to Shake Off Its Rust-Belt Image

A conversation with Mayor Tom Barrett.