Cumberland, since the 1990's, has strayed from it's industrial roots, and returning to them would reduce several of the problems that help create poverty.
Even in 2019, some of the largest employers in Cumberland are industry or manufacturing based. This isn't coincidental. Due to Cumberland's location here in the mountains, it has always been a city that has either produced, or distributed primary or secondary goods. Cumberland was a key road, railroad, and canal junction, and because of this, it became the second largest city in Maryland, second only to major port city Baltimore. Cumberland was also the terminus and namesake for the "Cumberland Road," which would eventually become the National Road, which was a key part of Westward Expansion. The surrounding areas were mined for it's useful coal and iron ore, which helped supply the industrial revolution. These factors coupled together led to Cumberland developing as a major manufacturing center.
How is this information useful? With it, we know what made Cumberland the second largest city in Maryland.
Encouraging the return of industry would go a long way toward reducing poverty. It would provide plenty of job opportunities. Some of our areas largest employers are still manufacturing based, including American Woodmark, and Biederlack of America. Industry thrives here, for reasons previously explained, and therefore would employ a large number of people.