According to the Johnson City Area Chamber of Commerce, about 45 percent of the people who have moved to the area in the last 18 months are 40 or younger. That reality has spurred the organization to launch a series of initiatives intended to help businesses and enhance population growth that are described in this recent article in the Johnson City Press.
Topping the new initiatives is a “Young Professionals of Johnson City” program designed to recruit and retain a population that tends to leave the region. This effort will include a “Move to Johnson City” component to attract more young talent and a “Coming Home” program to encourage people who have grown up in Northeast Tennessee to move back to the area.
In addition, the Chamber will be working with: (1) East Tennessee State University to create a quarterly scorecard that will track relevant data; and (2) Sync.Space Entrepreneur Center to launch a 10-week CO.STARTERS class this month.