Minnesota's Magic Touch

A public-private alliance creates jobs and high-tech companies

As money and manpower continue to rush toward the Sunbelt, Minnesota would seem to be left out. The North Star State, however, has been striving to avoid that danger. Minnesota is currently breeding new high-technology enterprises at a rate rarely seen outside California's Silicon Valley. That performance, moreover, has helped Minnesota make a vigorous rebound from the recent recession despite continuing problems in the state's farm sector. In just one year, the jobless rolls in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area have shrunk by more than a third,...

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