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Maintaining "The Good Life in Minnesota": Mapping our foundational competitiveness

In 1973, Time Magazine lauded "The Good Life in Minnesota" with an iconic cover and story about our state's hard-working people, clean government, abundant natural resources, and charitable spirit. Today, we live in a state that consistently ranks among the best for several quality of life indicators. Minnesota is home to more Fortune 500 companies per capita than any other state. We boast industry leaders in Target Corporation and General Mills, while Mayo Clinic and Allianz are on Fortune's "Best Places to Work" list. Minneapolis Saint Paul is hailed as one of "America's Top Brainpower Cities" and the best region for working mothers. Outside the boardroom, we tout a vibrant music scene, the nation's best biking trails, and more theater seats per capita than any metro area besides New York City. Beyond Minneapolis Saint Paul, several Minnesota cities are listed among the best places to live nationally. In short, ours is a state that others admire, study, and emulate.

40 years later, we Minnesotans still seem to enjoy the good life. Or do we?

During the next year, CIL will examine the grand challenge of regional economic and social vitality--both in Minnesota and throughout the world. More specifically, we will examine the key role cross-sector leadership plays in creating vitality. Stay tuned on the CIL website for more info about an exciting year of programming dedicated to this subject.

In the meantime, take a moment to read a recent Star Tribune article about Minnesota's "foundational competitiveness" by CIL Steering Committee Member Jay Kiedrowski. Kiedrowski highlights our "foundational competitiveness" or quality of life (as it affects workers' capabilities), and then outlines opportunities for improvement related to productivity across all sectors. Do you agree with Kiedrowski's recommendations?



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