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How to Launch a Silicon Valley Start-Up When You Can't Live in the U.S.

This Mexican programmer has a successful California business developing educational games for mobile devices. The catch? He can't live here.

Hispanic Wealth Could Triple by 2025

Population growth will drive the trend, according to a report from the St. Louis Fed. The average Hispanic family likely still won't see many gains.

Battling the Big Name Hot Sauces

Uncle Brutha's complex and layered hot sauces have won countless awards, but the man who created them still has to pound the pavement to sell them.

How Johnny Hernandez Became San Antonio’s Top Chef

For this small-business owner, it all started in his dad's kitchen.

The City That Offers Sharia-Compliant Loans to Muslim Business Owners

Somali entrepreneurs are transforming neglected neighborhoods with the help of a Minneapolis Islamic financing program.

Where Homeowners Are Still Underwater

Some low-income, mostly minority neighborhoods may never recover from the mortgage crisis.   

Employers’ Role in State Job-Training Programs Will Grow

In a rare bipartisan victory, the Senate just overwhelmingly approved a new approach to workforce investment for new economic times.

Should the Government Use Tax Credits to Encourage Apprenticeship Programs?

This GOP Senator thinks so--and he's lobbying his colleagues to use federal policy to address unemployment for low-income Americans.

The Future of Small-Business Lending Looks a Lot Less Sketchy

A California nonprofit reinvents the merchant cash advance with loans that could expand access to capital and won't bankrupt small-business owners.

Your ZIP Code May Be Dragging You Down

Over two generations, the country has seen only modest improvement in economic opportunity, despite substantial gains in education and livable communities.

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How to Launch a Silicon Valley Start-Up When You Can't Live in the U.S.

This Mexican programmer has a successful California business developing educational games for mobile devices. The catch? He can't live here.

Hispanic Wealth Could Triple by 2025

Population growth will drive the trend, according to a report from the St. Louis Fed. The average Hispanic family likely still won't see many gains.

Battling the Big Name Hot Sauces

Uncle Brutha's complex and layered hot sauces have won countless awards, but the man who created them still has to pound the pavement to sell them.

How Johnny Hernandez Became San Antonio’s Top Chef

For this small-business owner, it all started in his dad's kitchen.

The City That Offers Sharia-Compliant Loans to Muslim Business Owners

Somali entrepreneurs are transforming neglected neighborhoods with the help of a Minneapolis Islamic financing program.

Where Homeowners Are Still Underwater

Some low-income, mostly minority neighborhoods may never recover from the mortgage crisis.   

Employers’ Role in State Job-Training Programs Will Grow

In a rare bipartisan victory, the Senate just overwhelmingly approved a new approach to workforce investment for new economic times.

Should the Government Use Tax Credits to Encourage Apprenticeship Programs?

This GOP Senator thinks so--and he's lobbying his colleagues to use federal policy to address unemployment for low-income Americans.

The Future of Small-Business Lending Looks a Lot Less Sketchy

A California nonprofit reinvents the merchant cash advance with loans that could expand access to capital and won't bankrupt small-business owners.

Your ZIP Code May Be Dragging You Down

Over two generations, the country has seen only modest improvement in economic opportunity, despite substantial gains in education and livable communities.

Show More
 
About The Next America

The Next America explores the political, economic and social impacts of profound racial and cultural change facing our nation. The initiative includes polls, national and local events with thought leaders, magazine supplements and this site. In 2010, Ronald Brownstein wrote a National Journal cover story, explained the impact of a shift to an older, more ethnically diverse America. “The Gray and the Brown: A Generational Mismatch” is the foundation of The Next America.