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Rust Belt

An area of the United States known for manufacturing and heavy industry. The area is broadly contiguous with the upper Midwest and parts of the mid-Atlantic. States generally considered part of the Rest Belt include Michigan, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Indiana. In the early and mid-20th century, companies in the Rust Belt made cars, steel and other products. It has declined since the 1970s, though information technology and other sectors have started to take root.
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Most major Rust-Belt cities have seen their populations shrink since their heydays, and with that decline, the average income of the remaining residents has fallen as well.
Politicians, such as John Prescott in Britain (until recently) and mayors such as Bloomberg in New York, demand the 'wow factor' in new building, explicitly ask for the 'Bilbao Effect', which brought in millions of dollars to that rust-belt city.
Vowing to improve their hometown's tarnished image as a fading rust-belt city known for its snowstorms, Super Bowl-losing football, and a decaying downtown, Buffalo (N.Y.) News editors have launched a tough-love project that promises to go after most of the city's problems and offer some solutions this year.
In fact, the once-prosperous transportation hub in south-eastern Pennsylvania, like so many rust-belt towns, seemed to be a dying community and in no position to rescue a stranded school district.
Yesterday's options problems in technology may be a lesser evil than tomorrow's pension and health-care funding requirements in rust-belt industries.
"We're a Net, not a rust-belt company," the new marketing director told him.