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A city in North Dakota, Grand Forks sits on the border with Minnesota across from its sister city, East Grand Forks, in what is known as the "Red River Valley".  It's the 3rd largest city in the state and has a population of about 52,838 people getting on with their lives within its midst, despite its propensity to be flooded.  Incorporated as a town in 1881, the city has historically been a farming enclave. Today its economy is based in defense, health care, food processing, higher education and manufacturing plus scientific research.  Grand Forks has the oldest institution of higher education in the state, the University of North Dakota, so there are plenty of enthusiastic and tech savvy youth buzzing around town and blowing in and out of coworking venues when they feel like getting creative.  

Grand Forks is home to the Grand Forks Air Base and has the Grand Forks International Airport to run to when you feel the need to get away.  The Red River is cloaked in waterfront parks and trails where the energetic outdoor enthusiasts can be found, whilst the artsy crowd will probably be hanging out at the North Dakota Museum of Art checking out its latest display.  There are quite a few historical buildings in the city to poke around and a farmer's market is the gathering place to learn the town gossip on a Saturday in the summer months.

Grand Forks is no tech hub per se, but in light of the fact that the United States is seeing fewer people taking the plunge into the startup realm compared to previous years, the city is no different to any other.  This slowing down of new tech businesses is being attributed to numerous factors, such as an aging population and fewer technologies and ideas to exploit. The tech titans such as Facebook, Apple and Amazon are dominating the playing field leaving less room for innovators to break in.  

With a mature ecosystem, the fledgling startups of the United States today need to dream bigger, get craftier and widen their imaginations to capture a new market space.  Coworking venues are providing the space for collaboration for the tech savvy souls who have the hope and the will to succeed, or simply providing the space to work for remote workers.

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