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Sophie Quinton

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.

Sophie Quinton

The End of Blue Collar Work?

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

Sophie Quinton

Milwaukee Looks to Shake Off Its Rust-Belt Image

A conversation with Mayor Tom Barrett.

Sophie Quinton

Fixing a Neighborhood by Strengthening Its Social Ties

Taking small actions that give people a sense of pride in their neighborhood isn't a crazy starting point for uplifting a community like Lindsay Heights.

Reuters

This Map Explains Louisville's Entire Economy

Two-thirds of U.S. cities are less than 24 hours from Louisville by ground; and three-fourths can be reached within a 2-hour flight.

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Beyond Farmers' Markets: Louisville Kicks the Local Food Movement to the Next Level

An innovative city program hooks up farmers and food vendors.

Amy Sullivan

Why Every Mayor Could Benefit From Some Business Experience

An interview with Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer.

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Mitch Landrieu on New Orleans's 'Economic Miracle'

The mayor on why his city is now a magnet for traditional businesses and startups alike.

Sophie Quinton

San Antonio: A Hub for Investment in Mexico

The city exports more products and services to Mexico than 42 other American states combined.

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Mayor Julian Castro on Building a City's 'Brain Power'

In an interview, Castro lays out a plan for "closing the skills gap that exists in just about every community."

Sophie Quinton

Can San Antonio Displace Austin as Texas's Tech Hub?

The city has been quietly establishing itself as a center for computer industries.

Sophie Quinn

San Antonio's Ingenious Plan To Get Kids Good Jobs Out of High School

By bringing employers and schools together, the Alamo Academies suit the city's job needs and give students a head start.