Monday, October 11, 2010

Massachusetts Border Guard Kevin Faulk

Touting a plan to stop brain drain from your state (or region)? Think carefully before choosing your metrics for success:

The brain drain has long perplexed local leaders, given the Hub’s standing as a bastion of higher learning and innovation. A 2003 study by The Boston Consulting Group found Austin, San Diego and Raleigh-Durham, N.C., were beginning to compete for Hub graduates. The deciding factor: a graduate’s ability to find work. ...

... In 2004, the city launched ONEin3 Boston, a project that offers financial counseling, job listings and networking events for 20- to 34-year-olds, who comprise one-third of the Hub’s population.

ONEin3 manager Devin Cole acknowledged that the city has seen a drop-off in its pool of young people but blamed the trend on reduced birth rates.

“We have done events in pretty much every neighborhood of the city to try and connect with young people,” Cole said.

Overcoming demographic momentum is tough for any city or state. But not too tough for New England Patriots running back Kevin Faulk:

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