More Ways for Young Professionals to Get Involved!

Convey a positive message about Iowa with the Young Professionals of Iowa

Young Professionals of Iowa, or YPIowa as it’s called, believes that those of us not part of the “Brain Drain” need to show other that we are active, engaged, and sincerely care about our futures in this state. YPIowa helps connect young, smart, and creative professionals to share a mission and help Iowa become the best place grow our personal and professional lives.

 YPIowa is an organization created by young professionals for young professionals. Their goals are:

  • Inform Iowa young professionals about the great potential and possibility of our state.
  • Engage Iowa young professionals to become active and involved leaders in their communities.
  • Educate and assist Iowa young professionals in their desire to become organized in their communities.
  • Communicate to Iowa young professionals through both personal interaction at an annual leadership conference and ongoing electronic communication.
  • Retain Iowa young professionals in Iowa to continue to provide a base of workforce for existing, expanding and new business.

If you think it’s time to get involved in YPIowa, here’s how.

Help Shape Cedar Rapids with the Next Generation Commission

It’s no secret that a lot of young people get their college degree in Iowa, but then leave the state to seek employment. The Next Generation Commission is here to help stop that trend and recently revealed the results of a very interesting study.  

The report “… included findings and recommendations on how Cedar Rapids can position itself to better attract and retain the next generation. The group was formed after the Flood of 2008 at the request of Cedar Rapids’ community leadership, to advise the City Council, Recovery & Reinvestment Coordinating Team and the community on specific steps needed to make the Cedar Rapids area a place for the Next Generation to live, work and play.”

If you’re a young professional in the Cedar Rapids area, The Next Generation Commission wants you to attend a Neighborhood Planning Workshop this Saturday, January 31, 2009.  This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to help shape the future of your community. All neighborhoods include housing, businesses, churches, community centers, parks and trails.  During this workshop, residents will meet in roundtable discussions to define a great neighborhood, analyze other city’s neighborhoods and talk about a variety of housing options.   

Neighborhood Planning Workshop

Saturday, January 31
8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Grand Ballroom
Crowne Plaza Five Seasons Hotel
350 First Avenue NE

A free lunch and child care will be provided to all pre-registered participants. Register by phone at 1-866-999-1224, or register online at Parking in the Five Seasons parking ramp will be free during this workshop.

Interesting article on Next Generation Commission.


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