Archive for March 2014

Editorial Points to Companies Escaping California’s Awful Business Environment

March 29, 2014

Today, in an Orange County Register editorial entitled “Texas messing with California,” the newspaper expressed concern about corporations leaving business-hostile California for other states. They noted three companies founded in California that have selected business-friendly Texas as their new home, namely Fluor Corp. (founded in 1912), Calpine (1984) and Occidental Petroleum (1920).

If the editorial writers had more space, they also could have mentioned Northrop Grumman, founded in California in 1939 as Northrop Aircraft Inc., which relocated its headquarters to Virginia in 2011.

“Under the radar” are smaller privately-owned companies that depart California with little or no notice.

It’s a thought-provoking editorial, and you can find it here (only people with a subscription to the Register will be able to open the link).

Joseph Vranich of Spectrum Location Solutions helps companies find great locations in which to grow. Joe also is a keynote speaker on the challenges and benefits of business owners relocating out of high-tax, high-cost, over-regulated states. More information is available at Biography and Speaking Availability.

Site Location Consultant: “Praise for Pittsburgh”

March 25, 2014

Funny thing about Pittsburgh natives who now live somewhere else. We remain intensely loyal.

Why? Well, we’re proud of the progress that the region has shown. I recall growing up in a city where smoke from the steel mills made the sky “cloudy” on many days. Reflections from some steel mill furnaces made the sky red at night. It was a brawny, dirty city where people made things — things like steel frames for automobiles, railroad freight cars and huge plates for U.S. Navy warships.

The city is so different now. The air is remarkably clean, people are seen boating on the rivers, and former industrial brownfields are coming back to life as sites for research facilities, offices, and retail establishments. The “brawn” today is found in the intellectual prowess on area campuses — Carnegie Mellon, the University of Pittsburgh, and Duquesne University, to name just three.

Lately, I’ve been struck by how many people in Economic Development Agencies in other cities around the country are big boosters of my old home town. Hence, for the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance,  and just for the fun of it, I wrote about the enthusiasm that I witness first hand.

Disclaimer! Although I’m loyal to my home town, I nonetheless remain completely objective when working on site selection projects where I’m comparing different cities and states. That is, after all, part of the job.

“Praise for Pittsburgh” is here.

Joseph Vranich of Spectrum Location Solutions helps companies find great locations in which to grow. Joe also is a keynote speaker on the challenges and benefits of businesses relocating out of high-tax, high-cost, over-regulated states. His recent focus has been on why business enterprises of all types leave California.