The Young And The Childless

Mid-sized cities like Pittsburgh, Baton Rouge and Fresno, are using the young and educated as an economic development strategy.
October 13, 2003, 12pm PDT | Connie Chung
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In the latest pursuit of cool, mid-sized cities are "launching Web sites, organizing summits, staging arts and music festivals and investing in glitzy promotions" in efforts to lure young professionals....Cities spent decades dangling tax breaks and other financial sweeteners to attract big business. They poured billions of dollars into new stadiums, convention centers and aquariums. But their populations continued to shrink and to age....These cities now realize that they've done little to appeal to the labor force that will shape their economic future: educated 25- to 34-year-olds."

Thanks to Connie Chung

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Published on Friday, October 10, 2003 in USA Today
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