This question was asked at the September regional roundtable of northeast economic developers. Here are some of their answers.
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- Volunteer with Junior Achievement
- BIG Idea Competition
- Youth on advisory board to get their perspectives
- Youth on board of community foundation
- Visit with elementary schools about entrepreneurship, resumes and job interviews
- Job fair
- Panel with human resources people with local businesses
- English as a Second Language classes for kids (as well as college students and workers) from other countries
- Give graduates $10 gas cards with a Dr. Seuss poem and a note that says, “Here is money for your first tank of gas to get you back home” as an invitation to come back
- Student interns
- Have an event to get input from local students on community design project
- Middle school tours of industrial park
- No more “boring” meetings—bonfires, cookouts, etc., instead to recruit more and different people