ADKYP discusses how to attract young professionals to the area

"It is really important that the public sector and economic developers work with the numerous local nonprofits to move toward filling those gaps," said Duley.

Members of the younger generations, commonly referred to as the Generation Xers and Millennials, make up the majority of the current and future workforce, said Duley, and demand interesting communities.

"They've indicated that diverse, attractive opportunities outside of the workplace are at least as important as their jobs," she said.

Michael S. Cashman, president of the ADKYP board of directors, said he was pleased with the turnout for the event. The forum has become the signature event for the growing group, with both board and community members looking forward to it in the months leading up to the event. Having a frank, open discussion about the strengths and weaknesses of the area will help alleviate some of the latter, he added.

"The forum is just one opportunity to put just some of the topics important to our community under the microscope," said Cashman.

"One of the great things I see is certainly this organization is a great tool to get younger people into this area," said panelist Hope L. Coryer, president of ETS, a locally-owned and operated staffing and consulting firm. "Events like this are important to have."

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