Or so says CNNMoney.com (via TECHburgher). Georgia Berner provides the inside scoop:
The seven-county area here has a lot going for it, and Pittsburgh is the star of western Pennsylvania. Everyone talks about Pittsburgh's universities, and of course they turn out well-educated students ready to go.That's one side of the equation. The other is that there are lots of people here who know how to make things -- tradesmen and craftsmen. We too often overlook people who can make things. I need assemblers and equipment operators and welders, just as households need plumbers and carpenters. Pittsburgh has a wealth of those people. The cost of housing and services here is much less than elsewhere, so these workers can support a family quite nicely here.
That "build stuff" ethos could be a big asset given the latest reset of economic globalization. The push is for the United States to be more export-oriented. That assumes, of course, that the BRIC countries are ready to import more manufactured goods. That's the basic give and take of international trade, but there is also the prospect of the United State orienting its own market more towards domestic production.
Just as the world shifted away from the Rust Belt, it now returns.