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Redefining "Rust Belt": An Exchange of Strategies by the Cities of Baltimore, Cleveland, Detroit and Philadelphia

September 2013

Published by the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond

 On June 18th, 2013, community leaders from the cities of Baltimore, Cleveland, Detroit and Philadelphia engaged in a discussion on the successes and challenges they face in efforts to revitalize their cities. This event, hosted by the Baltimore Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, was the first in a series of events on community revitalization in “Rust Belt” cities called Redefining “Rust Belt.” A partnership between the Federal Reserve Banks of Chicago, Cleveland, Philadelphia and Richmond as well as The Funders Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities and the National League of Cities, the series will consist of four events, each event hosted by a different Rust Belt city and Federal Reserve Bank. Participants from across the four cities interact with each other through in-person conversations as well as video conferencing exchanges. In May 2014, the series will conclude at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia’s biannual Reinventing Older Communities conference in Philadelphia.

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