Update: Cleveland Heights is screwed:
But now Cleveland Heights wants to be “ahead of the curve” for when things in the economy finally turn around, Mayor Ed Kelley said.“We brought Howard on to start working, not just with people outside of the community to come in, but with people who are already in the community who want to expand and do other things to retain them here,” he said. “We’ve had a lot of successes in the past few years, and we hope Howard can build on that for us.”Thompson said he hopes to capitalize on the city’s location next to the medical community in University Circle and beyond.He is also looking to “reverse the brain drain” by attracting big companies that are looking to expand.
US Senator Sherrod Brown is one of the biggest promoters of the brain drain myth. His claims amount to a data slight of hand. He's also badmouthing his state to the rest of the country. Ohio deserves better during such difficult times. Team NEO to the rescue:
"What we find in the state of Ohio is about 75 percent of the graduates from Ohio colleges and universities are still here either working or taking more school about a year later. That is exactly on the national average," says Thomas Waltermire with Team NEO.Team NEO has looked at data over the past few years and says young people are finding the opportunities they need in the jobs they want.
Time for Brown to get his facts straight and stop misleading the people. His brain drain tour and suggested policies are a waste of time and money. There are more pressing economic development issues to tackle. Highlighting the brain drain skirts the issue. Is he out of ideas?
Brain drain is often the red herring of last resort. If the situation is hopeless, then highlight something that doesn't matter. Instead of providing leadership, politicians duck and cover. It's a sham and a shame.