Edward Trask, a retired nonprofit executive who grew up near Mansfield, is arranging $18 million in financing for a restaurant, a motel, and permanent housing for gas workers on his family's 160-acre farm.Tioga County is experiencing its first population increase in a century, he said."There are so many opportunities to make money from this," said Trask, who lives near Harrisburg. "This is such a shock to the system."
For sure, plenty of strange-but-true migration tales out there right now.
Right now, St. Louis is not on the list.You know, the list of cities where things happen. Those magnets for smart, creative people, where talent, innovation and capital generate new ideas, new companies, new industries. Places such as Seattle; Raleigh, N.C.; Austin, Texas; and Boston. Places where the new economy is being built."We're not really on the radar in terms of hip and happening places," said Jeff Vines, an area entrepreneur.
Before I remark on that passage, a comment on the first article in the series:
When I told friends I was moving to STL for school, every single person wrinkled their nose and asked why. I have never received a compliment on my decision to move here.
I can assure you that my passion for Pittsburgh generates a similar reaction. What Rust Belt cities are on the radar in terms of hip and happening places? I'd offer up Minneapolis as a city that has morphed during my twentysomething years, around the same time Grunge Seattle got big (as well as Slacker Austin).
My guess is that Pittsburgh is going to emerge from this recession like both Seattle and Minneapolis did in the early 1990s. Keep in mind that the economic landscape now will look a lot different from dotcom boom. I'm not expecting another talent migration rush. That would seem to suit Good Enough Pittsburgh.
As for St. Louis, time to lay the groundwork for the next economic reset. I hope locals will take the Post-Dispatch series to heart, in a constructive fashion. Also, I have no idea what might be already in the pipeline for this region. I'm not aware of any St. Louis buzz, but I'm not looking for it either.