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What Las Vegas Can Learn From the Rust Belt

What can Las Vegas learn from the Rust Belt? Quite a bit, according to this article in the Las Vegas Sun.

Not to toot our own horn, but this story references Rust Wire, and our own Angie Schmitt!

I thought this story was well-written, and made an interesting comparison: though many wouldn’t think of it this way, Las Vegas and Detroit are both one-industry towns – Vegas’ industry of course, being tourism.

The author definitely did his homework- and talked to a number of knowledgeable folks in Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Boston and elsewhere.

I don’t really consider Boston to be in the Rust Belt, but still an interesting read.


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The End of Pure Michigan?

¬†You’ve probably heard those radio ads or seen other billboards or other advertisements touting “Pure Michigan,” the state’s campaign to attract tourists and their dollars.


When I lived in Toledo, the radio ads seemed to literally play non-stop, promoting Ann Arbor, Frankenmuth, Sault Ste. Marie, the UP, and more.

This Detroit Free Press column reports the state is considering cutting the $30 million budget used for promoting Pure Michigan to only $5 million.

What do you think? Have the ads been successful? Is it money well-spent? As a Michigan resident, do they help raise morale in a difficult year?


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