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The Next Economy

America 360

When Raising the Minimum Wage Isn't Enough

Converting a Union Skeptic

Audra Rondeau wasn't a fan of labor groups—then home-care workers in her state organized, and she gave them a second chance.

A Novel Business Strategy: Treating Employees Well

While some companies squeeze staff to make more money, a growing number are testing the theory that they can have both profits and happy workers.

The Little Union That Could

National Nurses United—striking Wednesday to demand better Ebola protections—is gaining strength as other labor organizations around the country lose clout.

Is There Hope for Local News?

Tim Redmond was another casualty of the shrinking news business. But he's not going to give up on covering his city.

The City That Gave Its Residents $3 Million

Vallejo, California residents were initially psyched to spend tax dollars on their pet projects. But things haven't turned out as they'd hoped.

How Denver Leaders Pulled Off a Public Transit Miracle

Voters agreed to tax themselves for a commuter rail network. Then a budget shortfall almost doomed the whole project. Now it's on track to completion.

This Urban Research University Is Also an Economic Powerhouse

Resources for entrepreneurs and industry partnerships have made it easier than ever for University of Minnesota inventions to hit the market.

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About The Next Economy

The Great Recession upended expectations about economic security in the United States, and it changed the way we work and live. The Next Economy project asks: How are Americans adapting to the new economy? This joint initiative from the Atlantic and National Journal will use polls, an annual special issue, national and local events with thought leaders and this site to answer that question.