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The Atlantic

James Fallows

8 November 2019

Memphis, Tennessee, United States

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Over the past dozen years, The Commercial Appeal, once the top morning newspaper in Memphis, Tennessee, slowly succumbed to the same ownership changes and downsizing that has plagued numerous other local papers across...

The Atlantic

James Fallows

16 October 2019

Harvard, Massachusetts, United States

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All over the country, budgets for local newspapers are drying up and these small institutions are dying with them. But in Harvard, Massachusetts (which has no connection with the university), one local paper may have ...

The Atlantic

James Fallows

18 September 2019

Provincetown, Massachusetts, United States

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The retention of local ownership provides a more viable business model for small newspapers. In Provincetown, Massachusetts, the Provincetown Independent eschews the profit-maximizing, private-equity business model in...

The Atlantic

James Fallows

30 August 2019

Eastport, Maine, United States

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Getting away from daily publishing helps local newspapers focus on serving their audience. The Quoddy Tides, a family-owned newspaper in Eastport, Maine, publishes only twice monthly. Publishing less frequently allows...

The Atlantic

James Fallows

18 July 2019

Danville, Virginia, United States

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The town of Danville, Virginia survived the downfall of the mill industry by using creative financing and investing in solid economic infrastructure that will remain sustainable into the future. The town has invested ...

The Atlantic

James Fallows

19 June 2019

Fresno, California, United States

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A company called Bitwise in Fresno, California thinks beyond financial gain and factors social background and economic justice into their developer training programs. Bitwise offers a coding school as well as a custom...

The Atlantic

James Fallows

30 May 2019

Columbus, Mississippi, United States

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Bucking the stereotypes of strained town-gown relations and the removed university, the Mississippi Communiversity is bringing together a community college, research university, local high schools, state and local gov...

The Atlantic

James Fallows

1 May 2019

Muncie, Indiana, United States

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Ball State University and Muncie, Indiana, are forging an inventive town-gown partnership. In 2018, the school became the first public university to assume responsibility for the city's public schools. The transition ...

The Atlantic

James Fallows

26 April 2019

Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States

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Fort Wayne, Indiana follows the national trend that transforms old abandoned buildings into new economic powerhouses by converting what was once the massive GE campus into a mixed space of residential, business and re...

The Atlantic

Nicolas Pollock

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James Fallows

3 November 2016

Spearville, Kansas, United States

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Small towns across America are leading the shift towards renewable energy. Part of a series called "American Futures", this video visits Kansas, Pennsylvania, and California to learn more about green initiatives in bi...

The Atlantic

James Fallows

11 September 2016

Erie, Pennsylvania, United States

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Erie, Pennsylvania transforms standard casino revenue into community development funds to jumpstart the city's urban and economic planning. An innovative initiative sets aside a percentage of revenue for city-wide dev...

The Atlantic

James Fallows

9 June 2016

Louisville, Kentucky, United States

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The Firstbuild "microfactory" in Louisville, Kentucky is one of many businesses across the country that, rather than focusing on giant consumer bases, aims to close the mind-to-market gap by investing in small, niche ...

The Atlantic

James Fallows

22 June 2015

Bend, Oregon, United States

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Despite the economic hardships brought on by the downfall of the lumber industry in the '80s and the housing market crash of 2008, Bend, Oregon has managed to successfully enter the ranks of a technology hub, without ...

The Atlantic

James Fallows

14 June 2015

San Bernardino, California, United States

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In a city with a long-struggling school system, a nonprofit trade program is helping unemployed adults find work in the high-tech manufacturing field. Technical Employment Training in San Bernardino ensures participan...

The Atlantic

James Fallows

28 April 2015

San Bernardino, California, United States

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San Bernardino's Generation Now, a diverse group of young adults, is injecting their city with a boost of civic action through organizing local people at forums and increasing voter turnout at the polls. From rehabili...

The Atlantic

James Fallows

8 July 2014

Scooba, Mississippi, United States

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East Mississippi Community College (EMCC) helps Eastern Mississippi fill high-skill jobs by educating and training local workers. The students at EMCC are each evaluated for skillsets and gaps in education, and they w...

The Atlantic

James Fallows

27 March 2014

St. Marys, Georgia, United States

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A high school in Southern Georgia addresses their dismal graduation rates by adopting a "career technical" approach to teaching that offers students a choice of five career path "academies." Once a student is enrolled...

The Atlantic

James Fallows

31 January 2014

Eastport, Maine, United States

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The small town of Eastport, Maine turned its economy around by tuning in to and making use of its unique geographical features, like being the eastern-most point in the country. The town has reinvigorated its port to ...

The Atlantic

James Fallows

25 January 2014

Greenville, South Carolina, United States

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The "Next" Project in Greenville, South Carolina brings local government and companies together to create a business incubator to encourage new startups to launch -- and stay -- in the area. One such business, called ...

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