Thursday, September 20, 2007

Utah Diaspora Pillages Pittsburgh

A story about former Utah Governor Calvin Rampton contains a tidbit about an attempt to attract Pittsburgh business and talent to Utah:

[Mr. Rampton's first cousin] Robert said that Calvin formed Rampton’s Raiders, as a means to jump-start Utah’s economy. As a part of that push Calvin traveled nationwide meeting with businessman and others who might be willing to start or move businesses to Utah, including a stop in Pittsburgh, where Calvin spoke to about a dozen people.

Robert worked (public relations) in Pittsburgh for 10 years and former Gov. Rampton likely tapped into his network. Robert would eventually to return to Utah and provides a good template of how brain drain can benefit a region.

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