Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza wants to convince more college graduates to stay in the capital city. He’s launched a new initiative to reach out to young people.
He said the goal is to make living in Providence desirable to millennials.
“Per capita, we have the largest number of college graduates of any state in the country,” said Elorza. “These are the entrepreneurs, the civic leaders and they’re the employees of the future. So it’s a priority of mine to make sure that we retain them here.”
Elorza himself is 38-years-old, just a few years beyond the cut-off for the millennial generation.
He says he’ll be reaching out to hear what millennials want from the city.
“We’re taking their voices into account. This can’t be adults and older folk saying, ‘This is what we need for young people.’ If we want to make the city millennial-friendly, then we have to engage them in the process,” said Elorza.
Providence has struggled in the past to keep college graduates. The city is home to several universities, including Providence College, Johnson and Wales University and Brown University.
His new task force plans to host a Twitter discussion on June 29th.
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