Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

What about the Steel Valley? the Candidates Need to Tell Us What They'll Do for Manufacturing

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

What about the Steel Valley? the Candidates Need to Tell Us What They'll Do for Manufacturing

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As a mayor and as president of a coalition of nine small cities in the Steel Valley, I am inspired every day by examples of kindness and solidarity, sharing and sacrifice in the face of economic devastation. It is because of this courage and compassion that I recently wrote to President Barack Obama and former Gov. Mitt Romney.

I asked them to come to Allegheny County to debate -- to explain their plans to restore manufacturing jobs to America and to revive the small towns and cities whose industries have been shuttered and outsourced. I asked this on behalf of my constituents, the Steel Valley Council of Governments, the Allegheny Labor Council, the Steel Valley Enterprise Zone, the Homestead Lions Club, the Steel Valley School District, the Steel Valley Rotary and the Park Business Association.

Whether they come or not, individually or together, the leaders and citizens of small cities like ours that thrived on manufacturing must hear concrete plans from the president and the former governor on how they will help us get actual job-creating investment to restore the economic health of our communities and hope to our people.

The economic problems we live with now had their origins in the 1970s, grew in the '80s, ebbed in the '90s, accelerated after 2000 and peaked in the first months of 2009. Some say that outsourcing was an inevitable result of globalization -- something akin to God's laws and impossible to change. Others believe it was all done by big money for big money -- and can be changed if we have the political will to change it.

I honestly don't know which is right, but I do know one thing: The wonderful people of our valley, who, like the unemployed or underemployed across our country, disproportionately bear the burden of this economic meltdown and they deserve answers. We want to hear from our presidential candidates. …

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