What does it mean to be a “Rust Belt” state? Historically, the term “Rust Belt” has been used to characterize a portion of the Northeastern and Midwestern U.S. plagued by a declining population, a weakened economy, and urban decay due to a faltering industrial sector. Pennsylvania traditionally has been lumped into this category, particularly by the media. But times have changed, and so have we. The modern Keystone State is a far cry from the bleak picture painted above — today, we’re known for our innovation, imagination, and legendary can-do spirit. Let me tell you how Pennsylvania is redefining the “Rust Belt,” and why that term is a misnomer in 2017.