PITTSBURGH, April 18, 2018 – A company that identifies favorable out-of-state locations for firms seeking to free themselves of California’s harsh business climate has itself departed the state for greener pastures.
Spectrum Location Solutions, which for ten years has been based in Irvine, in Orange County, has moved to Cranberry Township, a growing suburban community in Western Pennsylvania.
“I moved for three reasons – taxes, regulations and quality-of-life,” said Joseph Vranich, president of the boutique consulting firm.
“About taxes. Pennsylvania’s flat income tax rate allows my family to save a considerable sum compared to California’s progressive system – and sales taxes and real estate taxes are lower, too. California taxpayers shouldn’t expect any relief, as evidenced by the multitude of new taxes under consideration in the legislature,” Vranich said.
“Next, I’ll have greater freedom in my business now that I’m free of California’s notorious regulatory environment and threats of frivolous lawsuits that hurt small businesses like mine,” he said.
“Finally, we are enjoying a superior quality-of-life here. We bought a house larger than what we had in California for about half the cost. We can afford to engage in more activities because the cost-of-living in Cranberry Township is 44 percent lower than in Irvine,” he said.
Concern about California’s costs is widespread. Statewide, 58 percent of Millennials and 65 percent of parents echoed the sentiment that “I am considering moving away from California because of the high cost of living,” according to a recent poll by the PR firm Edelman.
Gov. Jerry Brown’s spokesperson once said few companies would leave California for “desolate locations” elsewhere.
“Well, this area is the opposite of ‘desolate,’” said Vranich. “Pittsburghers are justifiably proud of their neighborhoods, cultural attractions, sports teams, scenic vistas, and transformation to a place where more than 10,000 innovative tech firms call home.”
Spectrum Location Solutions provides site-selection consulting services to help companies find optimal places for relocations, expansions or consolidations. Industries served have included manufacturing, electronics assembly, aerospace, software, financial services, healthcare, consumer goods, education, insurance, transportation and professional services. The company identifies candidate areas by evaluating workforce availability, operating costs, logistics patterns, building and land availability, taxes, economic incentives and quality-of-life factors. Mr. Vranich has also served as an Executive Coach and has been known as The Business Relocation Coach.
Joseph Vranich is known as The Business Relocation Coach while the formal name of his business is Spectrum Location Solutions. Joe helps companies find great locations in which to grow.