Connecticut needs a young, skilled, educated and energetic workforce to drive the state’s economy and help shape communities that will be magnets for economic growth and vitality. This demographic is more likely to choose living in Connecticut if its communities have an array of housing options they can afford, interesting recreational and cultural activities, mass transit, biking and walking options, the right mix of retail offering what they need and want, and opportunities for professional growth. While focused on how young workers want to shape Connecticut, YES's efforts will benefit everyone that wants interesting, functional, economically-thriving communities.

How We Do This

YES works at the state level to bring awareness to the issues facing millennials in Connecticut, while providing information to young people on how they can effectuate change in their communities, most notably by joining boards and commissions. YES provides data, information and best practices that Connecticut can use to attract and retain millennials. 

YES does this by working with several organizations that understand and support the need to attract and keep more young people in the state. Organizations like the CT Economic Development Association (CEDAS), Leadership Greater Hartford and the CT Chapter of the American Planning Association (CCAPA) help promote YES events and share topical information.

At the same time, YES also works with several groups to reach out to young people and make them aware of opportunities for civic and community engagement. Groups such as Hartford Young Professionals & Entrepreneurs (HYPE) and CT Young Professionals (CTYP) provide a conduit for feedback and information-sharing with YES.

Our Supporters

YES is a joint initiative of the Partnership for Strong Communities and the Connecticut Main Street Center.


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