Trust Belt

Redefining the Economy of America’s Factory Belt

It’s not the Rust Belt anymore. It’s the Trust Belt – and in late spring next year, the leaders of America’s most historically significant manufacturing region will come together for a unique dialogue on how the economy of this mega-region is changing.
Over three days, the Governors, Mayors, University Presidents and Fortune 500 CEOs who are leading the communities and companies of the Greater Midwest Region will come together to tell their story of economic transformation. [Read More or Register >>>]

Featured Stories

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Area Spotlights

One fertilizer plant project, in the southwest corner of Indiana, made news in late 2012 because it will happen. Another made news in early 2013, in the same part of the state, because it will not happen.

The search for a new corporate headquarters home for grain and commodity trading firm Gavilon didn’t take long. America’s 19th largest private company found exactly what it wanted in its hometown of Omaha, Neb.

Investment Profiles

Abundance Mentality

In a world crawling with nostalgic re-creations, facsimiles and replicas of America’s small-town ethos and bootstrapping character, there is still a place you can find the real thing.

My Hometown

If you’re not familiar with Chambersburg, New Castle or Sayre, Pa., or have somehow missed the turns for Indiana, Sunbury, East Stroudsburg or Meadville, you might need to readjust your navigation settings.

Unfinished Business

Elected four times to serve as governor from 1983 to 1999, Branstad left office 14 years ago as Iowa’s longest-serving chief executive. He wasn’t done. Motivated to run for governor again in 2010, he entered the race and won.

Moving the Chains

The ground game of the Ohio State Buckeyes during the 1960s and 1970s was often referred to as “three yards and a cloud of dust.” It’s also an apt metaphor for the Columbus logistics market.

We felt the most wanted in Cleveland. Everything they did in Cleveland made it so easy for us. I went from keys to a fully functioning office in four weeks.

— Mark Jones, global head of client services for Alexander Mann Solutions