Young Talent Staying in Cincinnati Because of Better Opportunities to Live, Work and Play

Young Talent Staying in Cincinnati Because of Better Opportunities to Live, Work and PlayThis is an excerpt of a post that originally appeared on WCPO Cincinnati on July 22, 2015

I’ve been a part of the Cincinnati community since 2007. I’ve been impressed by the growth and development that’s happened in just a few short years. The city’s strong employer ecosystem provides plenty of opportunities for young talent: There’s a good mix of large, established Fortune 500 companies like Procter & Gamble and GE, but there’s also an emerging population of new companies and startups.

At Talmetrix, we talk about creating “stickiness” — the attraction you feel to your job and your community. Younger people are finding that Cincinnati has more to offer, which creates that stickiness and fuels economic and community development.

The city touts itself as a great place to raise a family. To do so, you have to have a job to be able to provide for a family. As Cincinnati continues to be an engine for new businesses, younger workers are finding it an attractive place to live and work, especially outside of the high-cost coasts.

With the focus on technology and biomed, many startups are developing knowledge-based business models that result in highly desirable, good-paying jobs. This has also resulted in somewhat of a talent crunch for STEM positions. As a community, it would be great to see schools and businesses continue to invest in STEM education in order to grow the talent pool to meet the need. It’s not just small startups looking for this talent; larger, more established companies need it too.

In addition, the state of Ohio has done a good job adjusting from a manufacturing-based economy as market forces changed. The community has retained its tax base and created opportunities for government, community and business leaders to find ways to be an incubator for talent and business, rather than an exporter. And as local universities and colleges crank out strong competitive talent, it becomes an advantage for businesses to hire talent here rather than having to recruit elsewhere. I’m excited to see where the young, up-and-coming workers in Cincinnati will take this city.

Want to know more about why I think Cincinnati engages millennials? Visit WCPO Cincinnati to read the rest of this post.

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