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Moving Out, If We Can

Author:  Rae & Carl

Forces/Drivers: Brain Drain, Nano-tech Center, Generational Income Disparity

Scenario C

Journal Entry

It hasn’t been an easy few months. Ever since that Nano-tech plant passed over the area, it seems like more and more tech jobs have been leaving. Carl’s company just folded—the worsening local economy means that companies aren’t focusing on their Web presence. He has hopes for finding another local job, but I think that even if he does, he won’t make what he did at the last one. My job doesn’t seem much more secure, and even if it is, I’ve come to terms with the fact that there’s no promotions in my future—my company is just too small for me to move up.

I think we’re going to be leaving Utica soon. I’ve been looking for jobs elsewhere, and am trying to get him to consider it as well. The only problem is the house; while it hasn’t lost too much value, nothing seems to be selling, since no one is in a position to buy it. With the school next door closed, the St. E’s campus down the street in danger of shutting down, and the general decline of the neighborhood, South Utica isn’t looking as nice as it once was. Thankfully housing prices have been pretty low in Utica for years—we can get by for a while with Carl out of work, but we’ll probably be willing to sell it to whoever makes an offer that covers the rest of the mortgage.

A lot of our friends have already left the area, so it’s not like we’d be moving away from everyone if we did move. Some of our younger friends were fed up with trying to find decent schools for their kids, while some of our older friends decided that even the low cost of living couldn’t keep them here for retirement. They want things to do—entertainment, good food, fun events (and sometimes, nicer weather).

I’m not sure where we’re headed next, but it’ll be anywhere but here as soon as we can find a way out.

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Waiting for an Offer

Author:  Rae & Carl

Forces/Drivers: Brain Drain, Nano-tech Center, Generational Income Disparity

Scenario B

Journal Entry

Well, we did it. The house went on the market today, and we have a few leads on jobs elsewhere. Rachael is growing restless, tired of doing essentially the same job for years, with no real advancement or attempts by her company to keep ahead of the ever-evolving Web field. I’m finally ready to admit that we could be doing better in another area, and some days I’m not sure if my own company is going to stay afloat. I’ve been looking at the possibility of a new job, but there’s not much out there for me unless I want to start my own company. Internet services companies pop up occasionally, only to fail from lack of business. Plus, it seems like every new client we get doesn’t care much about mobile devices or social media—if they even understand what they are. There aren’t many younger people moving into higher positions within companies around here because they’ve all moved away. We thought it might improve when that Nano-tech plant was talking about moving in, but that fell through.

All the efforts at improving the arts and entertainment events and other things to do seem to be falling short lately, as well. Nothing has been pulling people in. Just the other day, the bike club decided to stop running their weekly time trial races during the summer because hardly anyone is coming out to them any longer. The few who do have been doing it for twenty years at this point and are ready to call it quits.

I hope the house sells in a decent amount of time. The housing market isn’t too bad, but it doesn’t seem like many people are looking for a 3-bedroom house these days unless they’re starting a family. The private elementary school next door was a selling point in the past, but with the falling enrollment, they ended up merging it with the high school across town and closing the building.

For now, we’re just waiting on offers and trying to decide where to go.

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Moving on Up

Author:  Rae & Carl

Forces/Drivers: Brain Drain, Nano-tech Center

Scenario A

Journal Entry

I just started in my new position today. A few years ago, I thought we might have to leave Utica if either of us wanted to advance in our careers; there just wasn’t much of a market for our skills beyond entry-level. At least, not if we wanted to be paid a fair wage. Since the new Nano-Tech center opened up, even more business have moved into the area and our small intranet services sector has grown along with it. My company has grown to the point that I can finally put those management skills I learned in college to use.

With all the new jobs, it seems like more graduates from the local colleges are staying in the area. I’m starting to see more young faces at events hosted by the bike club and the quilting club—which is great. For a long time, Carl and I were “the young ones,” Now, if we can just convince them to join the leadership—both boards often express a desire for young blood and new involvement (how many times did I hear that when I first started serving my terms).

I wasn’t sure that we‘d stick around for the long run when we bought the house… maybe 10 years so… but it’s starting to look like Utica may be where we stay.

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Meet Rae & Carl

Rae & Carl have written three Journal Entries addressing the Nano-tech Center,  brain drain and generational income disparity forces in each of the outlined scenarios.

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