yuppies, strong city
by Jody Reese
Growing up is never
easy, and Manchester is no exception.
As the city seeks to
be a destination for business and tourism in New England, itís battling
itself over how others see it, how it sees itself and how it wants to
move forward. Regardless of what public relations move the city makes,
pro-nightlife or anti-nightlife, young professionals are key to the
continued success of the city. Many times, this group is called the
creative class or yuppies.
No other group
embodies this creative class as the Manchester Young Professionals
Network, a group that meets monthly at local restaurants and bars. The
group recently celebrated its one year anniversary.
One of the groupís
most important function is its monthly meetings, creating a place for
members of that creative class to gather, swap stories and meet people
with similar backgrounds. This is key to keeping those people here and
encourage more of them to make their homes here. Without this social
network, many of these young professionals would find it much easier to
move onto the next city, seeking new friends and opportunity. Manchester
needs these people to stick around. They are well-educated and ambitious
ó and thatís exactly what drives economic development.
I have advocated
many times for Manchester to work harder to keep more of its young here,
from offering city-backed college financial help for aspiring teachers
to subsidizing rents of trendy boutiques.
competitive environment, people can choose to live anywhere. Thatís
where quality of life becomes so important, and that does not just mean
good schools, clean streets or crime-free neighborhoods ó those should
be givens these days. Quality of life includes the goods and services
that are available, from restaurants to bars to specialty clothing shops
to social networks. By creating an environment where itís easy to meet
like-minded peers, the Manchester Young Professionals Network provides
an invaluable service that contributes to its membersí quality of life.
already working to house these yuppies with several new or planned
condominiums and downtown apartment complexes. Hopefully, the next step
will be the emergence of a host of companies that move to Manchester to
take advantage of this resource. With the addition of new economic
developer Paul J. Borek, Manchester is in a good position to market
itself to a rising number of tech and creative based businesses,
including research and development.
to the Manchester Young Professionals for helping to create an
environment that encourages business growth in the city.....