Thursday, October 30, 2014

Portland places second in national college contest with $1 million first-place award, wins $10,000 instead

The Oregonian
October 29th, 2014

The national group CEOs for Cities is so convinced that a college-educated population drives regional economic success that it offered a $1 million prize to the U.S. metro area that could produce the biggest increase in college graduates per capita from 2010 to 2013.
Portland entered and came in second among 57 cities vying for the Talent Dividend Prize, contest organizers announced Wednesday. The seven-county Portland area showed a whopping 17.7 percent increase in new college graduates.
But Akron won, showing a 20 percent increase in students earning associates, bachelors and graduate degrees. It gets $1 million. Higher education leaders there are ecstatic.
Portland, for placing second, gets $10,000.

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