Via the contributed content of Forbes.com is the latest in Pittsburgh hagiography: The Surprising Rebirth Of America's Industrial Centers.
The boom in Pittsburgh positivity runs in stark contrast with the news out of Milwaukee where they have finally gone and renamed their "Pittsburgh Street." The new name: "freshwater street." It really is interesting to ponder why they did it all. The stated reason, at least early on, was that the name Pittsburgh did not connote what they wanted to for economic development. The new name, and a lot of their economic development focus up there is on the water economy. They didn't want their new Global Water Center to be located on "East Pittsburgh" street... just does not work for the branding you know. In fact, Milwaukee wants to brand itself the "Silicon Valley of water." Gotta give credit to their PR folks for getting so much earned media on that. Coincidental timing that this all comes out the day this article on water in Pittsburgh goes online.
I have to ask. Do we sign a petition to send to City Council to have Pittsburgh's Milwaukee Street in the Hill District renamed to something else?
Speaking of metro competition. I have no idea what this will mean in the end, but Cleveland opens its half $billion dollar medical mart convention center tomorrow. Is there a new Cleveburgh convention gap? But a huge public investment a couple hours up the turnpike has to mean something here?
h/t to @sloaps for pointing out the most important shale gas news of the day. Just one word: pipes.
On shale a more long form read comes from the Council of Foreign Relations: Energy Industry and the countryside.