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’

North Bay Nugget - - NEWS - Gord Young

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

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