Across the country, regional economies attracting and retaining young professional talent are thriving, while those losing their best and brightest are suffering. Our community’s long term competitive position will be closely tied to our ability to continually attract, recruit, and retain young, highly skilled workers to fill the voids in our aging workforce.
Since 2007, the Clinton County Regional Planning Commission, along with many partners, has run a Community Attitude Survey in an effort to understand community attitudes and thoughts. This year’s survey was designed specifically for young professionals by Ohio University’s School of Communications, Ohio University’s Sociology Department, Wilmington College, the Wilmington-Clinton County Chamber of Commerce and the City of Wilmington along with the CCRPC and Energize Clinton County. The development of a survey resulted from a first ever Young Professionals Roundtable meeting hosted last year by Mayor Randy Riley, where the need for an objective and scientific assessment was highlighted. “Our goal is to make sure that Wilmington appeals to all generations of residents, with your help, we can make this happen,” said Randy Riley in his invitation to stakeholders to take the survey.
The research team was lead by Dr. Anna Wiederhold, Dr. Laura Black, Dr. Ted Welser of Ohio University and Dr. Corey Cockerill of Wilmington College. “We are using a combination of surveys and focus group interviews to investigate the factors influencing young people (age 18-40) in their decisions regarding where to live, work, and spend their money,” said Dr. Wiederhold (a Wilmington High School alum) who recently received her PhD and whose dissertation focused on Wilmington and this process.
To date the survey has been completed by over 300 local citizens, it is open to all ages and everyone countywide is encouraged to take the short survey. If you’ve not taken the survey, take it now: