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Intermediate steel-industry suppliers in the Pittsburgh region: A cluster-cased analysis of regional economic resilience

Treado, CD and Giarratani, F (2008) Intermediate steel-industry suppliers in the Pittsburgh region: A cluster-cased analysis of regional economic resilience. Economic Development Quarterly, 22 (1). 63 - 75. ISSN 0891-2424

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Abstract

The experience of intermediate steel-industry suppliers in the Pittsburgh region offers valuable insight into how traditional industrial clusters can serve as a source of economic resilience in regions like Pittsburgh, where a "signature" industry contracts or relocates. The authors find that intermediate steel-industry suppliers in Pittsburgh remain an important part of the region's economic base, serving as a significant source of export income from national and international markets. Survey results offer a description of the cluster's characteristics. An important subset of firms in this cluster relies on key contacts in the region such as suppliers, partners, and business networks for collaboration on product development or marketing. By recognizing and supporting local linkages of these kinds, policy initiatives can help to strengthen such clusters and contribute to a region's economic resilience. © 2008 Sage Publications.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
Creators/Authors:
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Treado, CDctreado@pitt.eduCTREADO
Giarratani, Ffrankg@pitt.eduFRANKG
Contributors:
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
SurveyorBeach, ScottUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
SurveyorJarrin, DiegoUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Research team memberBriem, ChrisUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Research team memberManikowski, SusanUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Research team memberKretschman, KyleUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Research team memberMable, JonathanUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, or Units > Center for Industry Studies
Date: 1 February 2008
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Journal or Publication Title: Economic Development Quarterly
Volume: 22
Number: 1
Page Range: 63 - 75
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1177/0891242407311268
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Graduate School of Public and International Affairs > Public and International Affairs
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0891-2424
Date Deposited: 29 Feb 2012 19:47
Last Modified: 02 Jan 2018 17:56
URI: http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/id/eprint/11159

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