We create the matrix of opportunity for business here - the new infrastructure for growth - by investing in strengthening the programs and number of graduates of our institutions of higher education. Government's role and need for investments here is no longer debatable: now we must decide the best strategies to enroll and graduate more students, retain them in our state and reverse the brain drain.
Typically, the outflow of human capital is not the problem. The issue of concern is the in-migration of talent. Brain drain is the net loss of human capital, not the out-migration of college graduates. If the in-migration is a trickle, the necessary stemming of the out-migration tide to stop brain drain is impractical.
Fair enough, but what kind of policy would increase Pittsburgh's pull? One idea I'm mulling over is figuring out where most of Pittsburgh's talent is going. Our region should target the region where CMU and Pitt graduates are heading in large numbers. Instead of looking at local universities for employees, I recommend that Pittsburgh enterprise seek out Stanford or Berkeley brains.
What would it take to attract the talent in this labor pool? That's a policy worth pursuing.