Organization for young professionals gets new name, holds same vision

PLATTSBURGH With a new year on the horizon and a new name for their organization, a group of goal-oriented individuals hopes to take the North Country by storm. Though the name Adirondack Young Professionals is relatively new to the local business scene, many of the organization's faces are not. ADKYP, as it is more commonly referred, is not a new organization, but rather one reborn. Formerly, ADKYP was known as hYPe, and initiative created earlier this year through participants in the North Country Leadership Program. The program, run by the North Country Workforce Investment Board, annually charges its participants with creating a project that relates to strengthening the local workforce and increasing communication for the betterment of the community. The mission of ADKYP, which is to create opportunities for young professionals to network, socialize, and serve the Greater Adirondack Community, falls in line with the original focus of hYPe, which was ultimately retooled to make the organization more efficient. At a recent strategic planning session held by the former hYPe advisory committee, it was decided a few changes to the way the organization was run could ultimately strengthen it, said North Country Leadership Program coordinator Keri Mack. Out of the discussion came we needed more organization, that we should maybe charge membership dues, and when that discussion started we decided we needed a board of directors and need to incorporate and create bylaws, said Ms. Mack. The reorganization led to the advisory committee becoming the eight-member ADKYP board of directors and the examination of restructuring committees for topics such as marketing, membership and civic engagement planning. With the change in structure came a change in the groups name, said Ms. Mack. The idea was to use a characteristic of the area in which the organization operates and serves and that is distinguishable to only one area. Hence the inspiration from the Adirondack Mountains. We wanted to be more recognizable and we didnt want it to be something that another organization could have as a name, said Ms. Mack, who said she indeed found another organization for young professionals with the same name. Theres only our Adirondack Mountains. Though the groups name contains the term young professionals, said board member Victoria Zinser-Johnson, that doesnt mean only certain people of certain ages may join. One event currently being planned by ADKYP is a forum to address local political and residential issues. The forum is planned to be held at Olive Ridleys on Court Street Wednesday, Jan. 16. More information will be forthcoming. For more information about Adirondack Young Professionals, contact Ms. Mack at 561-4295, board chairman Michael Cashman at 564-2592, or visit the groups Facebook Web site on-line at http://plattsburgh.facebook.com/group.php?gid=5631904308 .

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