The industrial Midwest might not be the industrial Midwest if it weren’t for the iron-rich regions of northern Minnesota and Michigan. These iron ranges have long supplied domestic steelmakers, depleting the highest quality ore along the way.
Business incubators are designed to turn an idea or a concept into a successful company; and these new companies hopefully bring jobs and revenue. In the Midwest, there were some long-standing incubators but new ones were also starting up.
Detroit is the latest metro area vying to become a medical destination. The hope is that its hospital systems can draw patients from outside its region, helping the local economy. In short, Detroit wants to be more like Cleveland.
Cities across the Midwest have put great hopes and resources into “magic bullets”– one-shot solutions to jobs and economic prosperity. Some have hit the target, but many have backfired. The Changing Gears project explores the economic transformation of the industrial Midwest.
The U.S. Department of Transportation announced Monday that it's giving Amtrak $404 million to expand high-speed rail service in the Midwest. The dollars will go toward making upgrades along the Chicago-St.