Pittsburgh posted its smallest decline from net migration in more than a decade, while rising outflows from Buffalo, Cleveland, and Providence moderated after peaking in 2005–2006. The latter two metro areas have among the weakest regional economies in the United States today, however, and their migration fortunes may slip once again as long-distance household mobility begins to rise. (Endnote 10) Yet for the present, their migration patterns are “mirror images” of past years, when many of these residents were lost to fast-growing areas like those in Florida.
The endnote citation:
- Alan Berube and others, “MetroMonitor: Tracking Economic Recession and Recovery in America’s 100 Largest Metropolitan Areas” (Brookings, September 2009).
The diverging fortunes of Cleveland and Pittsburgh is remarkable. How much do the problems in Cleveland drag on Pittsburgh growth? I'd like to know how much market interdependence exists. Inevitably, civic pride clashes with regional economics:
Allegheny County officials plan to aggressively market Pittsburgh International Airport to Greater Clevelanders in their own back yard. The ads will pitch the region's only nonstop flight to Europe.Pittsburgh plans to roll out its marketing campaign within a few weeks because of Continental Airline's recent decision to drop summer service between Cleveland and London. Continental said the recession hurt the flight's performance. It also blamed an inability to get "economically viable" seasonal takeoff and landing rights at Heathrow Airport.The head of the Regional Air Service Partnership in Allegheny County said Cleveland's loss could be Pittsburgh's gain.
The TechBelt has three major airport options (including CAK). When marketing this innovation corridor to the rest of the world, demonstrating how these airports compliment each other would be a major selling point. That's wishful thinking on my part:
Cleveland airport and city leaders are mulling how to restore a nonstop to London or mainland Europe out of Hopkins. A group of city, airport and business leaders are heading to Houston in coming weeks to talk to Continental officials about Cleveland's role as a Continental hub.
The most recent episode of NEOtropolis looks at regionalization in Northeast Ohio. The show's introduction references the television market of Western Reserve Public Media. The reach covers the TechBelt geography plus Erie. But the discussion about regionalism is more of the usual Cleveland+ talk. Regardless, the problems highlighted are the same facing the TechBelt. Speaking and acting with one voice is a big help when trying to attract business. I would say the same thing about trying to attract talent. More about that later at Greater Youngstown 2.0.