Thursday, April 9, 2015

Today: Young professionals host under-60 picnic at City Hall

Posted By on Thu, Apr 9, 2015 at 10:08 AM

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Tuesday's election results may have you convinced that the only people doing anything in this city are retired, or as close to it as to make no difference. 

Angela Seals, director of community partnerships with the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region, would like to remind local government that all those young professionals they endlessly crow about attracting are already here, and they want to be heard.

"With that rallying cry, we are going to meet on the lawn of City Hall and eat our sack lunches," reads a Facebook event touting today's 12:15 p.m. lunch. "This is nonpartisan and nothing against the good folks elected yesterday. It's just a demonstration that we have quite a population of apparently-invisible but very-inspiring, non-retired (!) citizens."
Let's trust them to help lead us forward:

1. Vote for candidates under 60 - when they are qualified and have good ideas - and for older candidates with fresh insights.

2. City Council and the new mayor, whomever that will be, should create the Young Professionals Advisory Council.

All anyone talks about is attracting and retaining "young" people and we're kind of right here and kind of working against a lot of drag, amiright? In fact, some of the best leadership in town is by our young entrepreneurs, makers and creatives anyway. Come sit in the sun with your sack lunch for a half hour and let your youthful face shine.

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