Redefining ‘Rust Belt’: Youngstown’s technology boom

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Formerly known as the “Rust Belt” region, cities like Youngstown are now being renamed “Tech Belt” cities.

Technology businesses moving into the city have more Youngstown State students interested in the engineering and entrepreneurship programs than ever before. Both of these programs have increased dramatically just over the past year at YSU.

One of these businesses, America Makes, is one of the nation’s leaders in 3D printing research.

“It’s a very tight-knit community,” said Director of Operations Rob Gorham. “It’s very easy to go talk to the chamber of commerce, go talk to the president of the university, and actually start to come up with things that we can do together that have a big impact.”

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