iForum Focus: Keeping Young People in State

03.22.2012
Issues & Policies

The Partnership for Strong Communities presents “Connecticut's Young Professionals: Can Communities Develop To Keep and Attract Them?” an iForum on Friday, April 13, from 8:30-11 am at the Lyceum in Hartford.

It’s a critically important subject to private, public and non-profit sector employers–along with Connecticut’s cities and towns–because of the role played by young professionals and families in our future economic growth and in the life of our municipalities.

Connecticut has been hurt by a loss of 25-34-year-old population, which has impacted businesses–many cannot find the skilled labor they need.  And cities and towns have had trouble finding the volunteer firefighters, members of boards and commissions, and others they need.

This forum will look at how local governments, along with the state and its employers, can coordinate on transit-oriented development, town center development, housing creation, infrastructure improvements, job creation and business location to provide what young professionals and young families need.

Kate Foster of the Brookings Institution is the keynote speaker and will focus on the home rule form of government. Also speaking will be Kip Bergstrom, deputy commissioner, state Department of Economic & Community Development. Discussions will focus on how the state can help employers and towns and big cities attract and retain the young pros and families they need. 

For more information, contact David Fink at the Partnership (david@pschousing.org; 860.244.0066).

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