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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.

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Lars Christiansen, Friendly Streets director, and organizer Darius Gray at a temporary parklet

Friendly Streets: Bottom-Up St. Paul Project Changes the Way People Look at Their City

The Friendly Streets Initiative, which grew out of a group of volunteers working with various neighborhood organizations to make biking and walking safer in the Hamline-Midway neighborhood, is now changing communities throughout MSP.

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River Balcony Prototyping Festival, with Craft Beer Overlook, Previews "St. Paul's High Line"

Music, art, craft beer: Earlier this month, MSP'ers enjoyed a tantalizing glimpse of the (possible) future for a 1.5-mile stretch of St. Paul riverfront during the River Balcony Prototyping Festival.

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Practitioners and Partners: Artspace Evolves Breaking Ground Into "Idea Lab" That Celebrates Artists

Artspace’s annual Breaking Ground event evolves this year from one dynamic evening of speakers and performances to an immersive, two-day “idea lab” on Friday, October 14 and Saturday, October 15 in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

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September Arts and Culture: Grand Openings, Helmet Art and Community Gardens

A new independent bookstore! A second ReStore store! Plus a community garden celebration and an art exhibit and fashion show featuring motorcycle helmets highlight September arts and culture.  

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Designers: The New and Expanded Edition

In the coming years, communities, businesses and nonprofits will increasingly look to architects for design solutions that extend well beyond buildings.  
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Tech Companies from Scratch

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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