7 Industries That Could Revive The Rust Belt

The region that is now known as the rust belt was once one of the major manufacturing regions of the world. It contributed greatly to the rise of the country into the most prosperous on the planet and won many wars in the interest and wellbeing of the country as a whole. The region is rich with people and natural resources, making it an attractive area to establish major manufacturing industries that employed millions of people. It was also the starting point of the fortunes of many of the richest people in the history of this country.

Since the 1960's, however, its importance started to decline as globalization took hold and many industries stopped manufacturing in the United States for cheaper opportunities overseas. Many of the natural resources of the region also dried up, and as a result, this region of the United States lost many incentives for businesses to continue operations in that region. As many industries moved out, many cities and counties lost a lot of value and vacancy went up.

The region has been struggling ever since. The general economic sluggishness, combined with a general lack of interest in the area, have been unkind. Now, though, there are many things going for the rust belt that allow it the potential to rise up again should industries decide to come back. Many studies have shown that it is exactly what is happening, but what will bring the rust belt back to the glory days? Here are some industries that may do just that.

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7 Green Technology

It is only a matter of time before the new green revolution comes to the United States in force, and it is only a matter of time before the demand for new technologies skyrockets. With empty factory spaces and a lot of labor to take advantage of, in addition to location and opportunity for growth, the rust belt is the perfect place to establish these industries.

Not only does green technology have the potential to revive the entire economy of the region, but it has the unlimited potential to improve the lives of us all. What is now the rust belt is part of what made the United States the most powerful country in the world. It might be time to do that again.

6 Agriculture

Large parts of these rust belt cities are abandoned and riddled with crime and poverty. The future of many of these cities is in question, as urban and regional planners try to tackle this problem in innovative ways.

One of the most original ideas that planners have proposed is to turn large empty neighborhoods into urban agricultural projects. Urban agriculture has been most prevalent in Detroit, where a quarter of the city has been proposed to be taken down and replaced with agricultural fields.

Not only does the land get used more, poverty will go down and the quality of fresh produce in these regions go up because of the proximity of these fields to the cities that desperately need them for social and economic reasons. It would serve as a major experiment in agriculture and city planning and will allow cities like Detroit to reinvest their resources and concentrate them into smaller areas. Future commuters in the Detroit region may travel through rural parts of what were once urban areas from the suburbs to the jobs in downtown Detroit.

5 Manufacturing

Many business owners want to bring manufacturing back to the United States. Many industries have also accomplished that and re-opened factories in many places in the United States. The rust belt has not fully rebounded from the decline of industry, and there is always room to bring back more jobs to the region.

The United States has seen industries rise and fall many times over the years, and the rust belt may be overlooked due to cheaper opportunities to the south. That said, many businesses have already brought jobs to the region to produce goods.

4 Arts

Art may seem like an odd thing to look at when looking at the revival of the rust belt, but this region of the United States is one of the most beautiful places in all the country, and there are many opportunities for artists to find their voice and to establish businesses and followings. The region has always been a center of art and the cities in the region are attracting art again.

Many cities are also undergoing massive projects in an attempt to beautify their cities, bringing with them opportunities for artists to express themselves in a big way and in ways that are not always thought of.

3 Transportation And Logistics

The rust belt is still a center of transportation of all types throughout the country. Roads, railroads, and other types of infrastructure from all around the country meet up here. The location of this region in relation to the rest of the country is very important to many industries and has contributed to the slight revival of the manufacturing of the region.

There is still a ton more potential, especially with small businesses that want to reach as many people as possible. From places like Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, one can reach the east coast and the major cities of the Midwest in a day or less. There is a high concentration of roads and railroads criss-crossing the region, offering easy travel to many of the richest markets in the world.

2 High-Tech

As traditional manufacturing decreases in importance, the economy is slowly coming back in these regions in the form of high-tech industries. Not only are new industries popping up, but industries that were once traditionally done by hand are now being done by robots and computers in the same buildings and in the same cities that they were always in.

There are still jobs that are needed, but the new jobs require more technical experience and skills that many blue collar workers do not possess. Although many high-tech industries put up shop in cities that have a lot of opportunity, some educational centers in the rust belt have just as much potential and will bring back the rust belt from these educational nodes.

1 Education

Education, especially technical education, is a perpetual gold mine of potential. As an area with a high number of manufacturing jobs, unemployed and underemployed workers without necessary skills for the future, and the high amount of traffic that comes through the region, there is a lot of potential to educate new and old generations of workers who are looking to work in industry and on the future of the region.

The potential for jobs are there, but many workers need new skills to remain competitive, which serves as a great supplement for the increasing number of students looking for an education without having to go to a traditional university. Those two forces alone provide potential university founders a great incentive to establish technical schools throughout the rust belt.

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