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Millennials focus of initiatives to grow community

Posted on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 7:37 am

Community, industry and education leaders from across Fayetteville and Lincoln County are coming together to develop a multifaceted approach aimed at attracting, as well as retaining, millennials.

Millennials — those born between 1981-1997 and now between the ages 20-36 — will be the key to the community’s success in the future, say officials, adding that young professionals in that age group today first look to communities where quality of life is foremost and only then consider career opportunities present in those communities.

“We’ve got to take care of quality of life first,” said County Mayor Bill Newman during a recent work session of the Fayetteville-Lincoln County Industrial Development Board. “It’s about attracting talent and retaining our young people … When it comes to this generation, the vitality of our city is equally as important as a spec building.”

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