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In the Search for Affordable Childcare, Location Is Everything

The cost of center-based services for children varies widely throughout the U.S., and so can the availability of financial assistance for low-income families.

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The City That Gave Its Residents $3 Million

Vallejo, California, residents were initially psyched to spend tax dollars on their pet projects. But things haven't turned out as they had hoped.

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Why Denver's Housing Crunch Might Cost the City Its Millennials

The rental market is tightening and paths to home ownership are few in the now-hip city.

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Looking to Fund a Clean Energy Project? You Need a Green Bank

New state-run investment funds could create a real marketplace for alternative energy projects—and bring down costs for all of us.

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Beer Consumption Is Still Down, So Why Is There a Brewery Boom?

The number of U.S. beermakers more than doubled between 2007 and 2012, despite a trend away from suds. That's because most newcomers are tiny and artisanal.

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How Cash-Strapped Towns Are Saving Fourth of July Fireworks

Independence Day celebrations are an economic boost for communities. And with budgets tight, there are several ways towns can avoid canceling their shows.

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A Win for the U.S. World Cup Team Is a Win for U.S. Bars and Restaurants

For several bars in Washington, D.C., sales have jumped 50 percent during World Cup games. The U.S. should win for pride. It should also win for the economy.

The Top 10 and Bottom 10 Places Gaining Employed People in the U.S.

With one caveat: While the number of employed people may decline in an area, that doesn't necessarily mean the unemployment rate is going up.

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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.

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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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Can Your Facebook Profile Help Determine Whether You Get a Mortgage?

It could if your lender is one of a growing number using innovative ways to assess customers' creditworthiness.

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Would You Pay $1,000 Once to Get Free Beer for Life?

A brewpub and a coffee shop in Minnesota's Twin Cities have used this one-time payment method to save their businesses. And there's no reason to think the model can't spread.

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Manhattan's and D.C.'s Populations Nearly Double Every Day With Commuters

Just think of the traffic.

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This Decrepit Lot Is the Future Site of the World's Largest Urban Greenhouse

A 100,000-square-foot facility in D.C.'s Anacostia will produce 1 million pounds of produce a year and provide up to 25 permanent jobs.

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Why Low-Income Kids Thrive in Salt Lake City

This small Western metro has some of the best rates of upward mobility in the country. Can the city sustain that as it grows and diversifies?

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Will Salt Lake City's Growing Smog Threaten Its Economic Growth?

With smog keeping children indoors during winter months, the area's reputation for healthy outdoor living could be on the line.

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Salt Lake City's Secret to Escaping the Recession

With the LDS Church's financing of a huge downtown development, "in Salt Lake, the cranes kept moving," says Mayor Ralph Becker.