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Creative Leadership


From the innovative computer builders who made the Twin Cities a mainframe headquarters a generation ago to the visionary companies whose philanthropy has enriched our art scene, from medical-tech pioneers and nonprofit innovators to advertisers who broke the Madison Avenue mold, the Twin Cities has gone beyond business as usual time and again, led by people determined to rethink our business, economic,technological, and social relationships--always with an eye to the common good as well as the bottom line. And they're still at it, in boardrooms, classrooms, stores, labs, and studios across the length and breadth of our cities.

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Green Line Tree Trenches

Rain as a Resource: St. Paul Innovates Shared, Sustainable Stormwater Management

The City of St. Paul and its partners are utilizing an innovative method of managing stormwater to restore natural water systems, incorporate green infrastructure into sustainable communities and improve the urban ecosystem. 

Lion in Winter

December Arts & Culture: Last-minute maker markets and holiday antidotes

To rephrase a popular aphorism, it's all stars and snowflakes until someone gets hurt...meaning, amid last-minute maker markets and star gazing this holiday month there's a "House of Cards" style production at the Guthrie to clear the senses and a concert to ground our sensibilities.

No. Mpls. street closed to traffic

Seven Ways Automobility Undermines a City's Bottom Line, from Least to Most Direct

Having an auto-oriented city comes at a cost and leaves cities in precarious financial positions, with lots of commitments but with a reduced and devalued tax base.

Proposed ADU in St. Paul by Greta Vick

A Good Thing for St. Paul: A Pilot ADU Project Along the Green Line Invites Creative Possibilities

The St. Paul City Council has voted to allow ADUs from Emerald to Lexington avenues along University, a pilot project that will bring creative possibilities for density, affordable housing and multi-generational living to the Central Corridor.

Blayze Buseth

Microloans Help Artists Build Sustainable Careers

Microloans help artists bridge the gaps between other sources of funding. Springboard for the Arts is currently testing a microloan model and has partnered with Kiva, a microlending platform that funds small businesses around the world.  
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