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Pittsburgh’s Allegheny River Towns look to Green Jobs for Economic Revival

© Hannaford / flickr.com Older industrial cities face a common plight—a surplus of vacant and under-utilized former industrial land, combined with poor economic conditions and an unfavorable lending environment, leading toward “redevelopment stagnation.” Some have postulated that matching up green jobs with brownfield sites in these older communities is the way to get redevelopment moving again, while also contributing to urban sustainability goals, a classic win-win-win for jobs, community development, and smart growth/sustainability. It sounds so simple and obvious, but how does one connect-the-dots? A team of economic development consultants were recently tasked with that challenge—developing a green job strategy for a group of older industrial towns strung along the Allegheny River, just north of Pittsburgh. CWS Consulting, Redevelopment Economics, Sustainable Strategies 2050, and Richard Greene joined forces and took on the challenge of developing the strategic plan for bringing the benefits of the green economy to the riverfront communities…Log In to Read Full Article

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