Resisting the urban brain drain


Daniel Oberhaus of Wired recently penned an article How Smaller Cities Are Trying to Plug America’s Brain Drain

He cited interesting new research which, “found that highly educated adults in their thirties were fleeing rural and postindustrial states to major tech centers like San Francisco, New York, Seattle, and Boston.”

“The report, based on 40 years of Census data, said states in the southeast, New England, and the Rust Belt were losing the most talent to these “winner-take-all” cities.

“Researchers at the Brookings Institution say this brain drain fuels “entrenched poverty, deaths of despair, and deepening small-town resentment” of coastal elites.”

Oberhaus writes in an effort to reverse this trend, policymakers in rural and post-industrial states are instigating programs that tap digital technologies to entice skilled workers to relocate. 

Is this something we should be considering for our rural areas?

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