Daily Ranking: 2nd best in the Great Lakes
The Brookings Great Lakes Economic Initiative (GLEI) is a relatively new thing. Not new new and dates from 2005. But there was an active Great Lakes Economic Development (GLED) association of researchers founded in 1987. One of the last of GLED's annual conferences was even in Pittsburgh in 2001 I think it was. One of the reasons GLED lost steam was that the similarities in the experiences of Great Lakes metros were diverging by the end of the 1990's and it became harder to talk about the Great Lakes region collectively. Obviously some folks think it makes sense to continue to address some issues across such a broad area. I think that's right, but it still is a different construct than the mid 1980's which was a time that Great Lakes was much more a synonym for Rust Belt and the problems across Great Lakes regions were more correlated and ubiquitous. What's interesting these days may be as much what is different between those regions as much as what is the same.
You know.. I probably could generate a ranking a day if I tried. It would be impressive if we could do it all from 3rd party sources.