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Young professionals look to midstate cities' futures and keeping the brightest close to home

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Jul 27, 2012 7:05 PM

Radio Smart Talk for Monday, July 30:

If one does a Google search on the term “brain drain” related to Pennsylvania, they’ll find many articles from the mid-1990s to the early 2000s.  Does that mean the outward migration of young, educated people from Pennsylvania to larger cities or southern states has stopped?

Over the past decade there seems to a bit more of a “brain gain” in midtstate cities.  More young people are deciding to live, work, and play in the region’s urban centers.  The city of Harrisburg is a good example.  The 2010 U.S. Census showed Harrisburg had more 24-36 years olds than ten years before.

If a change has occurred and more young people are staying close to home, it probably is due to a concerted effort to keep them here.

Young Professional organizations throughout the region have made stopping the best and brightest from leaving a goal.  Have they been successful?

On Monday’s Radio Smart Talk, we’ll talk to two organizations about brain drain, planning for midstate cities’ futures, especially economically, and how young people are civically engaged.

Appearing on the program will be Meron Yemane, president of Harrisburg Young Professionals and Michael Wilson, president of Carlisle Young Professionals.

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