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Creative Economy

Creative Economy
Creative Economy
The creative economy is fueled not by coal and oil, capital and machinery, but primarily by ideas. Its driver is often the entrepreneur who has come up with a new way of thinking and whose primary resource is his or her creativity--although a corporation can lead in the creative economy too, if its work is mainly based on ideas and information. In creative economy sectors, in which the Twin Cities abound, the greatest asset a corporation can have isn't something physical like coal mines or even software, but it employees. It's their talent and smarts that make enterprises go, and cities flourish.

Creative Economy Features

MSP's Sharing Economy Hits the Road: The Scoop on Lyft, Uber, Car2Go and HourCar

CoCo's coworking spaces, NiceRide's ubiquitous bikes and incubator kitchens were just the beginning. The sharing economy storming the Twin Cities also includes a burgeoning ridesharing (or carsharing) phenomenon.

The Complete City: Why Density and Amenities Are Essential to Everyday Urban Living

After decades of population loss, many cities are now growing faster than the rest of their metro areas. Urban living is now the new normal. What amenities are necessary to sustain a dense and vibrant city? The answers might surprise you.

Design Tech: Why MSP is a Hotbed of Manufacturing and Fabrication Innovation

The Twin Cities metro is a hotbed of manufacturers and fabricators innovating and growing their businesses to provide easier, faster, less expensive solutions for design and construction challenges.    

Moveable Feasts: MSP's Food Truck Boom Inspires Appetites, Community, Culinary Startups

What turns a pint at the local microbrewery into a feast? Transforms ho-hum lunch hours into culinary adventures? Generates curbside communities? Tests an entrepreneur's appetite for a new business? Twin Cities food trucks!  

Twin Cities Brew Boom Taps Into Placemaking, Entrepreneurship, Neighborhood Synergies

Since the passage of the Surly Bill 2012, craft-beer entrepreneurs have rapidly opened breweries with taprooms in neighborhoods throughout Minneapolis and St. Paul. All are doing their part to turn neighborhoods into top-of-mind destinations.
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Creative Economy Videos

VideoLine: The first Twin Cities Startup Weekend--tech companies from scratch in three days

Between 7 PM Friday, September 17, and the wee hours of Sunday the 19th, ninety-plus young  entrepreneurs gathered in Saint Paul's CoCo coworking space for the first Twin Cities Startup Weekend, a convivial but very focused tech-a-thon whose goal was to pitch, work on, and demonstrate a tech startup in just three days. It was the first Twin Cities outing for an event that has been happening globally since 2007 in more than 100 cities ranging from London and Lisbon to Tokyo, Tel Aviv, and Topeka.
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