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Strong Local Economy

The Twin Cities didn't suffer as intense a roller-coaster ride from early-twentieth-century prosperity to mid-century decline and late-century struggle-to-recover as many former heavy-industrial cities, mostly thanks to the diversity of our economic base, the health of the major companies that make their homes here, and an entrepreneurial brio that has kept new companies coming. But there have been major ups and downs, including the Great Recession, and there are still areas in our towns that don't share in the general prosperity. Luckily, our governmental bodies, colleges, and think tanks teem with experts in keeping local economies strong, and our neighborhood consciousness emphasizes the local--all of which helps make sure that for every chain store that opens in a mall, a handful of small, promising hyperlocal businesses sprout as well.



Holiday Shopping on the Green Line: A Selection of Locally Owned Shops by Stop

Now that the holiday shopping season is upon us, Metro Transit riders in search of the perfect gifts can ride the 11-mile-long Green Line for an adventurous day that includes stops at dozens of locally owned stores. Here's a guide to get you started.  

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Why MSP's Amenity-Rich Downtowns are Prime Spots for Relocating Businesses

MSP’s increasingly amenity-rich downtowns offer irresistible quality-of-life benefits that help firms attract and retain top talent. Here’s a look at why some companies moved to the downtowns of Minneapolis and St. Paul.  

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Artists Can Be The "Connective Tissue" of a Neighborhood, But First Need Affordable Housing

The creation of affordable artist live/work housing is a proven initiative that reinvigorates neighborhoods, while artists and their work bring members of diverse communities together.

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The Line and Creative Exchange Present "Creating Community" on September 16

The Line and Creative Exchange Present “Creating Community,” a dynamic, participatory event featuring community builders and creative producers from fine art, technology, design and nonprofits.  

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Urban Agriculture in MSP: Growing, Diversifying, Sustainable

As the rapid proliferation of urban farms, CSAs, community gardens, hyper-local farmers’ market stalls and farm-to-fork restaurants shows, MSP’s urban agriculture ecosystem is only getting stronger.  
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