Investing in Residents from South Bend to Worcester
Erica Spaid Patras, Alison Goebel, and Lindsey Elam
Note: This publication is now available for pre-order and will be published in March 2021.
“This report demonstrates a keen understanding of legacy cities, and the policy recommendations are robust and easily understandable.”
— Jason Segedy, Director of Planning and Urban Development, Akron, Ohio
Once drivers of industry and wealth, many smaller industrial cities in the Rust Belt declined in the 20th and 21st centuries due to changing industries and government policies that steered investments away from communities of color. This report presents strategies for reinventing these places—tapping their full potential while preparing workers for jobs, helping local businesses expand, empowering residents to become civic leaders, and preventing displacement.
About the Authors
Erica Spaid Patras is senior manager of special projects at the Greater Ohio Policy Center.
Alison Goebel is executive director of the Greater Ohio Policy Center.
Lindsey Elam is manager of research at the Greater Ohio Policy Center.