Pittsburgh provides a successful blueprint for the economic revitalisation of Rust Belt cities. The Appalachian Regional Commission has supported regional economic development since 1965. Federal bipartisan legislation currently under consideration could finance mine reclamation projects throughout Appalachia.
In 1965, the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) was formed as a regional development agency. Since then, the federal-state partnership has financed economic development in the Appalachian region, particularly in areas affected by the coal-industry downturn.
|Size (sq. km)||115,883||9.15 million|
|Population per sq. km||110||34|
|GDP per capita||€45,581||€52,303|
|Median household income||€51,949||€52,434|
|Per capita income||€28,742||€28,507|
25% of Pennsylvania’s residents live outside urban areas.
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Over the past two decades, Pittsburgh has introduced various measures to shed its reputation as a ‘Rust Belt’ city and establish itself as a centre for biomedical research, banking, and education. In 2017, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto released plans for major investments in renewable energy infrastructure, including programmes that would provide a ‘just transition’ for former coal miners, as part of a holistic approach to climate change mitigation.