As part of our “Next Stop, the Future” series, we’ve examined major changes in economic development. We’ve provided tips on what Valley communities need to know – and do – now to land ahead of the curve in the near future.
Today, we end this series with a final look forward, exploring what you should know and do now to build your community’s future workforce.
Companies are planning their futures on the next generation of employees. These young professionals, who are commonly called “millennials,” are in their 20s and early 30s. They now account for the largest portion of the U.S. workforce, according to the Pew Research Center.
“If companies are building their futures with millennials in mind, then Valley-area communities must do the same,” said Melissa Halsell, a TVA Economic Development program manager who leads the Young Talent Infusion initiative.
Halsell is traveling the Valley, facilitating Young Talent regional roundtables and listening to millennials discuss what they look for when choosing where to work and live. She offers some insights on what economic and community developers might consider: (more…)