John Carpenter, president of MCM Communications, in Pittsburgh’s Friendship neighborhood, who has clients in the Washington, D.C., area, said vendor costs, particularly printing, are cheaper in Pittsburgh than in Washington “due to the political machine down there, where the demand is quick and furious because of elections, and printers charge for that.” Plus, he said, there are connections Pittsburgh companies can tap.
“There’s a hot bed of business along the 270 Corridor because of tech jobs that transitioned from Pittsburgh to D.C. and you find a lot of expats there who passionately love Pittsburgh and, if they had their druthers, would be back here,” Carpenter said.
Pittsburgh is an inexpensive option for tapping the DC market, a strategic position that I think will serve Southwestern PA very well over the next few years. There are useful connections in just about every economic sector, including government.
I guess there is some irony in moving to DC in order to end up in Pittsburgh, but I think that is an effective migration strategy. Generation Gumband might consider DC as the staging area for their return home. And Pittsburgh should try to attract talent to DC, a labor market that is ready to absorb a more substantial in-migration.