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A Coworking Space Transformed This Pennsylvania College Town In 2010, a group of graduates set out to change the relationship between students and their community.

This story appears in the August 2016 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Penn State University is the lifeblood of State College, Pa., but its 46,000 undergrads rarely interact with the township that encircles it. In 2010, a group of graduates set out to change that. Here's how coworking space and networking group New Leaf Initiative brings everyone together.

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The campus and downtown are divided by College Avenue. "Getting students to cross was the first challenge," says executive director Galen Bernard. "But we secured a space downtown and started helping turn student ideas into action. The community downtown saw what we were doing and said, "Hey, we could use some of that, too.'"

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