Cool hunting hits Cleveland

Peter Gordon points to this: “As college students and recent graduates ponder what to do next, a range of midsize and smaller cities — and even some larger ones — are launching new programs designed to lure them there … Cleveland’s program, which started last year, now offers 55 interns 10 weeks of living, working and schmoozing with civic leaders … Other cities are looking into everything from building museums and art spaces to encouraging the development of loft apartments … Michigan has even embarked on a statewide ‘Cool Cities’ initiative that hopes to remake overlooked communities into hip neighborhoods …” Gordon’s take: Very cool … and much less boring than lowering taxes, cutting regulation, politics and bureaucracy (including the economic development staff), improving schools by offering choice to parents, etc. Also see Michigan’s effort to make manufacturing cool a legitimate government function.