Brain drain may be trouble for Wales
Two pence from way afar
In the United Kingdom and member countries, government officials contemplate the brainpower needed to sustain a health regional economy. In the United States, that is the job of city and village mayors and of state legislators and members of Congress, Representatives and Senators.
It is a complex undertaking in the USA, where the “national” understanding about economic renewal is weak, disjointed, and worse – absent.
One of the beautiful things about historic Wales is simplicity and conservatism to keep it that way, I think. It isn’t necessarily the best model to be bursting at the seams with perpetual growth. It may be more prudent to live within recognizable means.
“North Wales firms hit by 'brain drain', employers warn
Employers in north Wales say talented staff are leaving for better jobs elsewhere, according to a survey.
The 'brain drain' is highlighted in a poll of 40 people from the public sector, charities and business who met in Llandudno last month.
They added that north Wales was too reliant on the power industry and public bodies such as councils and the NHS to provide work.
An European Social Fund project has been launched to tackle the issue.
Andrew Parry, spokesman for Glyndwr University in Wrexham, said he was not surprised at the survey findings.
"Over the years we have seen a lot of companies and businesses leave the area, either over the border into England, or to south Wales," he said on BBC Radio Cymru's Post Cyntaf.
"On the bright side it shows we are producing talented people, who can contribute to economic growth, so that reflects well on our educationsystem.
(It is) worrying that there is a perception of a talent drain from north Wales and that barriers remain to attracting inward investment into the region”
Judy CraskeProject manager, Shaping the Future
"The next step however is to build on this and get more inward investment into the north, and the (Welsh) government has an important part to play in this."
Mr Parry added: "Large companies do want to come here because there are a lot of benefits to being here, and we have to build on these if we want more investment."
A project - Shaping the Future - has been set up to look into the issue.
It has been put together with investment from the European Union, Welsh Government, Anglesey and Gwynedd councils and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.
Project director Judy Craske said it was "worrying that there is a perception of a talent drain from north Wales and that barriers remain to attracting inward investment into the region".
"The goal is to create sustainable economic diversity across the region by putting human development at the heart of economic success and encouraging inward investment, business relocation and entrepreneurship," she added.”