The Future of Macomb: Young Professionals
Macomb County has a large number of well-established groups, chambers, and community organizations that a professional should belong too. And several of these groups, if not all, are unique in their own specialty. I myself belong to several of them, some of which I am even a board member. I find an immense value in those relationships, however when looking around the board table or at the event I find that there are many professionals – but not many YOUNG professionals.
I know that there are thriving businesses in Macomb that are run by young professionals and wondered what it would take to pull those people together. After a few discussions with other organizations, we identified a core group of people who saw a need for an organized body of young, active, community minded leaders to engage in community visioning, promote Macomb County’s assets, and foster professional development. By getting young professionals invested in the county’s future, we can strengthen the local economy, care for the community and leverage the influence of the younger generation in future planning.
That may sound broad and overwhelming, but really the group is engaged leaders having fun and participating in professional development and community events! We have done a number of community projects as a group. NextGEN helped build a house for Habitat for Humanity, volunteered at Sterling Heights Community Foundation’s Putting on the Ritz event honoring Mayor Richard Notte, gave our time to the American Heart Association walk in Mount Clemens, and participated in Macomb County placemaking just to name a few.
This group meets at locations throughout the county, and we hope that you will join us! We are hosting a Launch Party on September 24 at Three Blind Mice in Mount Clemens. The doors open at 6:00 pm. County Executive Mark Hackel will be in attendance, I will be there to give some information on NextGEN Macomb, but most importantly to us we want to hear the answer to one of these two questions: “ I will stay in Macomb if….” Or “ I will make Macomb my home if…..”. This is our campaign to find out what is important to young professionals about the place you live, work and play. It is sure to be an awesome event!
If you are not able to join us for that we encourage you to take our less than 10 minute survey at the link below. Its anonymous, but will help us shape our agenda as we move into 2015! Be part of the action plan!
Kevin Chandler, Associate Dean – Arts & Sciences, Macomb Community College; President – NextGEN Macomb.