Young professionals are the leaders of tomorrow. They’re a group that’s reshaping our region, delivering new insights to the workplace and inspiring local businesses to stretch themselves in new ways.
Encompassing a wide demographic, these individuals in their 20s and 30s are a part of the millennial generation. According to Pew Research Center surveys, millennials are avid users of social media, generally distrustful of others, burdened by debt and in no rush to marry. They’re also relatively unattached to organized politics and religion, with 50 percent of participants in a 2014 survey describing themselves as politically independent, while 29 percent said they’re not affiliated with any religion.
This is the highest recorded percentage of disaffiliation of any generation.
With a wide range of interests, young professionals explore some of Rockford’s greatest attractions and participate in community improvement projects.
“The Rockford region continues to grow and transform on so many levels,” says Andrea Mandala, marketing and communications manager for the Rockford Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. “We’re a very community-driven region that allows for young professionals to be involved with various organizations, committees and volunteer groups. You really get the best of both worlds – big-city amenities with a small-town feel – when living here.”
To ensure continued prosperity in the region, area leaders find it imperative to keep young professionals living in our region and their dollars flowing through the local economy. Fortunately, our community offers an abundance of entertainment, education and recreation options for young professionals to explore.
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