A noted historian, Joel Kotkin, recently wrote that the net out-migration of residents indicates a state in deep trouble — trouble that will only get worse because of state government’s dysfunction, and the widening gap between California’s rich and poor.
At the same time, however, a study released by the Pew Research Center adds credence to California’s reputation as the place to be — still. While Californians are often depicted as rootless souls in search of the next good wave, the plain truth is that nearly three-quarters of the folks born in this state stay here.
The curious element is that Californians need reassurance that there isn't an exodus going on. Immigration has, for quite some time, kept the state from being America's capital of shrinking cities. And a 75% immobility rate is not worth celebrating.
IF Pittsburgh is sincerely interested in "filling the talent pipeline", then the region should try to tap into this out-flow. I've heard that Pittsburgh could use more software programmers. Look no further than Los Angeles. Pittsburgh has strong links there and the talent could further fuel the growth of the emerging economic niche of distance-trust technologies.