North Bay creating Millennial task force
‘This is more about a broader view of what we think this powerful generation thinks of the overall city and things we might want to have on our radar’
The city is looking at creating a task force consisting of young adults who would help develop programs and activities aimed at retaining and attracting youth.
City politicians agreed to start the process Tuesday, adopting a motion tabled by councillors Mike Anthony and Scott Robertson seeking council’s support.
“It would be looking to those folks who are engaged, who want to get involved and who might have ideas that we could benefit from,” said Anthony, noting the first step will be to see if there is interest from those in the community between the ages of 18 and 30.
Anthony said he’s already heard from the incoming chairman of the North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce’s young professionals group that interest exists.
He noted that chamber group, although similar to the proposed task force, is different in that it’s focus is strictly business-related.
“This is more about a broader view of what we think this powerful generation thinks of the overall city and things we might want to have on our radar,” said Anthony, noting that could include strategies for attracting entrepreneurs or advice on different types of festivals and events.
The targeted startup for the task force is April. And, the group would be expected to meet three or four times annually.
Anthony said a ‘task force’ means that there would be no associated costs or staff resources required. All that’s needed is a meeting room.
The motion notes that many young adults have track records of volunteering, encouraged by schools, colleges, universities and community groups, and are likely to participate in citizenship roles if invited.
It also indicates “when young adults can have a voice in community affairs, they can contribute their insights to public issues and their energies toward public opportunities and challenges.”
For more information, contact Anthony at facebook.com/ Councillormikeanthony