The company can't rely solely on finding new hires at CMU or the University of Pittsburgh, said iGate spokesman Christopher Evans.
"You've got to understand that we don't just serve the Pittsburgh market," Evans said. "Whereas there may be a glut of talent coming out of the Pittsburgh area, not all of those are looking for positions, say, in Minneapolis."
If Microsoft really wanted to benefit from the depressed wages that foreign-born workers allegedly cause, then why not move operations to where there is a "glut of talent"? Thus, I could envision a scenario that would place Pittsburgh in opposition to the H-1B visa program. Congress might be unwilling to consider geographically targeted visa cap increases and, ironically, still force IT giants to move where the talent is (as long as the cap isn't increased nationally).
Starved for software engineers in Minneapolis? Move your business to Pittsburgh. But don't worry about the parochial attitudes. The Creative Class will follow you.