The Key to Continued Brain Gain: Specialized Higher Education

By swebadmin | Nov 27 2012

The downtown San Antonio city skyline is barely visible from the 20th floor of the Omni Hotel on this chilly November morning. James Russell looks out across the Medical District and 10 miles of neighborhoods, highways and hotels to the foggy city center.

The city is just waking up – in more ways than one.

Russell, an economic geographer, is in the final stages of completing an in-depth report on the “brain gain” phenomena in San Antonio. He has spent months consuming data about how San Antonio can harness what he calls the new “talent economy.” Where college-educated migrants come from, what jobs they hold, which neighborhoods attract them and what they like and dislike about the city are the questions at the center of his research. Yesterday he shared his preliminary findings and advice to various leaders in business, education and city government at a Texas CEO Magazine speaker series breakfast. Read More

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