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Good Deed of the Day: A Parisian Bank Pays It Forward

One of the world's oldest micro-lenders cancels the debt of 3,500 clients

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College Kid Will Try to Bring Pa. City Back From Brink

Deep in debt, Harrisburg looks to its new 23-year-old treasurer

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Can Skyscraper One-Upmanship Predict Economic Collapse?

Barclay's sure thinks so

Mark Byrnes

What the Federal Government Can Learn From Metros

The innovative solutions we've showcased this week should inspire Washington

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Can China Support Its New Urban Majority?

According to a new report, the country could face major food and water shortages thanks to climate change

Mark Byrnes

Empowering Regions to Reinvent Themselves

In New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo gave ten regions the opportunity to propose their own economic fixes

Mark Byrnes

Bringing Ohio's Rust Belt Industries Into the 21st Century

A regional organization helps old commodities industries find new niches for their products

Mark Byrnes

Bridges and Roads to a Better Michigan

Michigan's governor believes better infrastructure will make the state a bigger global economic hub

Mark Byrnes

Targeting an Achievement Gap in One of the Country's Most Educated Metros

King County, Wash., takes aim at cultivating local talent for its growing economy

Mark Byrnes

North Carolina Seeks Its Next Generation of Workers

SuccessNC looks to improve the state's community college system and in turn, its students

Mark Byrnes

Los Angeles Doubles Down on Exports

A newly formed council hopes to make L.A.'s access to other markets more profitable for local companies

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Can Water Save Milwaukee?

One entrepreneur is trying to remake the city as a capital of water technology

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Courtesy: U.S. Conference of Mayors

Metro Job Recovery Remains a Long Way Off

A new report from the U.S. Conference of Mayors predicts when U.S. metros will return to pre-crisis job levels

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For Fast-Growing Metro Economies, Don't Look to the U.S. or Europe

The vast majority of high performing metro areas last year were in the Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Latin American regions

Mark Byrnes

Connecticut Looks to Jumpstart Its Clean Economy

The state is providing capital to clean energy companies when the private sector won't

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How Stuck Are America's Homeowners, Really?

Two studies come to very different conclusions

Mark Byrnes

In Tennessee, All Innovation Is Regional

A governor's ambitious plan to foster knowledge-based jobs across the state

Innovative State and City Government Solutions to Watch in 2012

A special report from the Brookings-Rockefeller Project on State and Metropolitan Innovation looks at local solutions to our national woes

Courtesy: UCLA

Do Cities Need Universities to Survive?

Four university presidents detail what they can (and can't) provide a city