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02:24 pm - on my exploratory committee...

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[User Picture]From: alphabetically Date: December 6th, 2006 - 04:04 pm (Link)
Low property prices are great and all, but the job market sucks. A lot.
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: December 6th, 2006 - 04:23 pm (Link)
I think it sucks. But I wouldn;t say it sucks a lot. I think there could be improvements made. There always could be. But there are many places where its much worse, too. It's kind of weird, because one of the things that makes the housing market good is that the job market sucks. One thing that would need to be done would be to improve one without harming (and hopefully continuing to improve) the other (as much as possible). Anyway, yeah, its a good issue that I should keep in mind.
[User Picture]From: sui66iy Date: December 6th, 2006 - 05:14 pm (Link)
That's what I'm trying to address!

There's a chicken-and-egg problem. Why aren't there cool tech companies in Pittsburgh? Because it's hard to hire good tech people. Why aren't there good tech people to hire? Because they go somewhere else where there are companies! You have to have some sort of a catalyst outside of the companies to cause people to want to stay, so that companies well set up shop.

Now, as it happens, I already have a cool tech company that wants to hire people. So the lack of a job market isn't exactly my problem, except inasmuch as it means that in general there are fewer good hires in the city (because they aren't already working at other cool places).

Obviously, lots of people have thought about this problem a lot. There's all Richard Florida's work on the "creative class" (oddly enough, as soon as he got sufficiently famous, he left Pittsburgh).

Who knows, maybe rather than give tax breaks to department stores and fund new stadiums, it might make sense to try to support art and music venues. That would make the city more attractive to creative people, which would make it more attractive to creative companies, which would feed a virtuous cycle. In theory.

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