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Governor Malloy Meets With YES on Attracting Young Professionals to CT

 

Young Energetic Solutions (YES) hosted Governor Dan Malloy for an inspired discussion with a large number of people in their 20s and 30s on how Connecticut can best grow its population of younger adults.  YES was formed by the Partnership for Strong Communities as a vehicle for young people to help foster communities in which they and their peers want to live, work and play.

The conversation covered a broad range of issues, including housing, public education, crime/safety, jobs, support for entrepreneurs, development financing from banks, and how to convert poorly utilized downtown property into productive use.  For over an hour the Governor fielded questions and offered insights on state policy and from his experience as mayor of Stamford.

Julie Daly Meehan of Hartford Young Professionals and Entrepreneurs (HYPE) asked the Governor for advice on how young people can be active in public policy and other realms where important decisions are made.  One encouraging answer from the Governor was “don’t take ‘No’ for an answer.”  The Governor also commented that the culture difference between older and younger generations can be bridged through continued collaboration and communication. He noted that young people using social media and other means are quite good at networking – among themselves – and can use that skill to help connect with a wider spectrum of people and institutions.

The lively conversation could have continued much longer if time permitted.  The Governor expressed interest in staying connected with this community of young people and finding ways to collaborate.

For more information on YES, see a new overview document here.
 

 
 

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