It’s young professionals week in Ontario and Hamilton’s supporting networks are hoping that community leaders are taking note.
Jeremy Curry is with the young professional and entrepreneurs division of the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce.
For Curry this week is partially about changing perceptions.
“There’s alot of talk about millennials being you know entitled and not doing their part and that is not the message they need to hear in order to contribute to this economy.”
Michael Marini, Marketing coordinator with the city of Hamilton says the hard work of this generation is paying off.
“The young professional movement in Hamilton, they’re changing the complete image of Hamilton, much more positive, much more progressive, much more youthful, much more ambitious.”
Marini says young talented business-minded people are already attracting investment in the downtown core.
“Investors are looking for vitality, they want to know that investments they make will be sustainable over the long run.”
Alyssa Lai, Chair of the Hamilton Hive says this network alone has 24 member groups and that’s an asset.
“What I really like about that is that member groups have different sectors, we have people from healthcare, the arts, entrepreneurship, newcomers.”
When it comes to pushing these young professionals to the forefront, Marini says much of the work is already being done.
Networks like the Hamilton Hive offer professional development opportunities and the space to make connections.
In the Hamilton area, Lai asserts it’s about collaborative efforts not competition.
From the city perspective Marini says the goal is to build upon the success in the downtown core.
“You want to see that youth and vitality across from Winona to Waterdown, we want to ensure that Hamilton is a friendly beacon for young professional talent.”