Congratulations to second-year M.A. student Caitlyn Caldwell, who has contributed to the new book Under the Rust Belt: Revealing Innovation in Northeast Ohio. Published by the University of Akron Press, Under the Rust Belt is edited by Thomas Bacher and assistant editor Carol Slatter with assistance from Caldwell, Matt Margo, Katelyn Mertz, and Emily Tara.
The UA Press describes the book: “Many areas of the Midwest faced economic challenges after large manufacturing industries, that once operated with three shifts, cut back or went out of business completely. Northeast Ohio was not immune to this downturn and experienced major declines in its population base and tax revenue streams. How could the area recover? This work looks at the post-manufacturing business climate in Northeast Ohio whose major cities, Cleveland, Akron, and Youngstown, were faced with re-inventing themselves and their industrial bases. Using an interview format, the book details how entrepreneurs saw opportunities to develop services and products in the area. Their stories illuminate the process of innovation.”