Placemaking Lessons From Ford And Minneapolis

Placemaking lessons from Ford and Minneapolis

The New York Times recently wrote about Ford's purchase of the long-abandoned Detroit train station. The article's subtitle is what matters: By renovating a symbol of the city’s decline, the company hopes to create a magnet for the talent needed to prevail in the next automotive era. Ford has learned the lesson that far too many Michigan business leaders and policymakers…

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Talent And Placemaking Go Hand In Hand In The Twin Cities

Talent and placemaking go hand in hand in the Twin Cities

When Bart Carrigan moved from East Lansing to Minneapolis to manage his Michigan-based employer’s newly opened restaurant, he was struck by the city’s many amenities. “I love the environment, and there are a ton of outdoor activities all year round,” he said about a metro area that celebrates its cold winters. “The city is really good about taking care of…

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Education And Infrastructure Investments Drive Twin Cities’ Economy

Education and infrastructure investments drive Twin Cities’ economy

Metro Minneapolis has built a diverse economy that is one of the wealthiest of any large metropolitan area in the country and has withstood deep national recessions. Median household income in the Twin Cities of $73,231 was the seventh highest among the 53 metro areas with a population of 1 million or more in 2016, according to American Community Survey…

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Metro Minneapolis Business Leaders Promote An Economy That Works For Everyone

Metro Minneapolis business leaders promote an economy that works for everyone

Most, if not all, major metropolitan areas have business organizations that promote the economic well being of their regions. But the Itasca Project serving Minnesota’s Twin Cities is different from just about any such organization in the country. This group of more than 60 corporate chief executive officers and community leaders spend little time on traditional business concerns, such as…

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In Minneapolis, Strong Regional Collaboration Is Key To Success

In Minneapolis, strong regional collaboration is key to success

Regional government is an elusive goal in many metropolitan areas. Look no further than metro Detroit, where several local suburban leaders are trying to kill a Regional Transit Authority that took decades to create. But regional collaboration is on steroids in Minnesota’s Twin Cities, where a unique entity called the Metropolitan Council provides key services, including transit and wastewater treatment,…

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