The Greater Colorado Springs Economic Development Corporation is starting a new program, hoping to entice young professionals already in Colorado Springs to stay here.
The EDC is using a new survey to figure out what people in their 20s and 30s like and don't like about the area. The target is young professionals, but it’s important to everyone in Colorado Springs according to EDC President Mike Kazmierski. He says keeping these people in Colorado Springs could be the key to economic growth for everyone.
Jon Severson started the Young Professionals Group two years ago. He says he started it to help tie younger people to the community.
"There’s a lot of people who want to find reasons to stay in the Springs," said Severson.
The EDC is using this group, that now boasts a membership of about 700, to research what the city needs to offer to attract and keep young entrepreneurs in Colorado Springs.
"We find a lot of the young professionals want to go and start their own business or grow their own business. The next Intel for instance could be here if we provide the right environment," said Kazmierski.
A new survey - with results just in this week found this younger group loves the outdoor activities in the area, but isn't happy with the nightlife or arts.
Kazmierski says there are other factors also that could help keep these people in town, like finding investors to help start up new companies.
"If we don't keep our young professionals in town, then as a community we start moving in a direction that's probably not healthy," said Kazmierski.
This is the very early stages of this program within the EDC. With the survey, they now start working on a game plan to keep young professions here.
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