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I’d call the inaugural Augusta Free Press/Stone Soup Books discussion series a success, if only because it seems to have spawned a movement.

More on that in a minute. First, the book that we discussed, for those who weren’t able to take part, was The Rise of the Creative Class by Richard Florida, a researcher and development theorist. Florida’s focus in The Rise of the Creative Class is to sell local-government leaders on a new paradigm in economic development.

The Florida paradigm in The Rise of the Creative Class is that there are three T’s to local economic development – technology, talent and tolerance – to which he has recently added a fourth, territorial assets, and that communities that focus on attracting technology and talent by building on tolerance and their local territorial assets will be the winners in the 21st century economy.

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Team of Destiny: Inside UVA Basketball's improbable run

Team of Destiny: Inside Virginia Basketball’s Run to the 2019 National Championship, by Jerry Ratcliffe and Chris Graham, is available for $25.

The book, with additional reporting by Zach Pereles, Scott Ratcliffe and Scott German, will take you from the aftermath of the stunning first-round loss to UMBC in 2018, and how coach Tony Bennett and his team used that loss as the source of strength, through to the ACC regular-season championship, the run to the Final Four, and the thrilling overtime win over Texas Tech to win the 2019 national title, the first in school history.


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