The future of America could look a lot like Durham, North Carolina. This mid-sized city’s evolving economic infrastructure may hold key lessons for similarly situated metros and the nation writ large. Durham has a diverse population of 263,000, with a minority majority racial demographic breakdown. It is home to renowned institutions of higher education: Duke University and North Carolina Central University, one of the top historically black universities in the nation. Durham is also part of an internationally recognized cluster of corporate innovation known as Research Triangle Park.

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