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Future YP aims to help workforce retention

DUBUQUE (KWWL) - In light of the economy, many cities in Iowa are working on workforce retention; doing all they can to keep people in Iowa. One group in particular: college graduates. Now, a new group in Dubuque is working to keep students in the Tri-states after graduation.

Its the second annual "I love Dubuque" Welcome Back Bash at the Alliant Ampitheather.

"Dubuque is such a great community I've had a lot of opportunities with the chamber, with internships I don't know why people wouldn't want to stay," said Loras student, Nicole Reisen.

Reisen and hundreds of students from six colleges in Dubuque sharing their love for Dubuque through food, music and conversation. But hidden under the fun, an opportunity to give these students a reason to stay here.

"To show students what the business community has to offer them in terms of jobs, internships, products, and services," said Zoe Pole, Director of Workforce Development.

And there's a new group in town that's embracing that very idea. It's called Future Young Professionals.

"There's so many niches you can find here in Dubuque. Where you probably couldn't find in a bigger city. And when you're walking down the street people say hi, they know your name if you get your name out there," said Reisen.

Reisen and dozens of other college students are getting their names out there through the new college chapter of Young Professionals. Designed and catered specifically for college students, to help build skills in the workforce and a connection to dubuque.

"I feel it's important that college students learn how to network and gains some professional development before they go out in the workforce," said Reisen.

"We want to keep them in Dubuque so where here to make them feel welcome, make them feel connected, get them involved in the business community, get them internships, show them the jobs that are here for them," said Pole.

Showcasing what Dubuque has to offer, in hopes to help shape the "future" and make sure students continue to say "I love Dubuque"

The "Future YP" chapter has already planned several events. Including an ediqette dinner, a "what-not the wear" fashion show and resume building workshops.

For more information visit http://www.ypdubuque.org

Online Reporter: Lauren Squires
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