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Jack Dorsey’s Plan to Save America’s Struggling Cities

Twitter Founder and Square CEO Jack Dorsey seen at The Legion of Honor in San Francisco
Twitter Founder and Square CEO Jack Dorsey seen at The Legion of Honor in San FranciscoPhotograph by Elena Dorfman/Redux

Square co-founder (and Twitter chairman) Jack Dorsey started hosting events to bring together local business owners in California earlier this year. This fall he’s taking the idea to places normally off the tech world’s radar: Detroit, Minneapolis, Toronto, New Orleans, and the Bronx.

The series begins Aug. 29 in Dorsey’s native St. Louis, where he’ll host a panel with merchants in the Cherokee Street neighborhood. I recently talked with Dorsey about why the mobile payments company aims to help struggling cities. Here are edited excerpts of our interview.