Bury the term Rust Belt. That's the number one thing I would do at the Republican Convention in Cleveland in the Summer of 2016.
Ohio would have already been at the height of still another "swing state" presidential election and seen millions of negative television ads. The national media will re-link again and again ad nauseum the term Rust Belt with Ohio.
Cleveland should defy the expectations of visitors who have been pre-conditioned to expect a rusty, ugly place.
So, prepare for burial.
Right there at Erie Street Cemetery across from Progressive Field should be a burial plot set aside to bury the term forever.