In 2007, Dayton lost more than 2,900 employees with college degrees ages 25 and older — the 13th worst outmigration among metropolitan regions in the nation, according to an analysis by the Brookings Institution. Meanwhile, Atlanta gained nearly 12,400 college-educated workers from that age group — the second best in-migration in the nation.
Much of the brain drain here may be due to job layoffs, but at least part of the blame is the perception among young people that there’s more excitement and vibrancy to be found in bigger cities, said Sean Creighton, executive director of the Southwestern Ohio Council of Higher Education (SOCHE).
“It becomes a chicken-and-egg thing because young creative people are the ones driving the growth in the new economy,” Creighton said. “Companies want to locate where they can find that young talent.”
The framing of the talent problem facing Dayton is atrocious. The people quoted in the article completely miss the mark and mislead the readers. Atlanta's success has almost nothing to do with retaining local graduates. I know this to be true because of all the hype in Georgia about stopping brain drain in that state. Atlanta doesn't have a brain drain problem because of all the talent moving there.
The companion graphic says it all (i.e. Dayton doesn't understand the fix it's in):