Steamboat Springs Keeping young people in the Yampa Valley is crucial to its future, according to Erin Gilbertson and Megan Moore.
Gilbertson and Moore, both valley natives, led a lively discussion at Friday's Economic Summit on the topic of how to tap into the younger generation in the valley, an issue intertwined with affordable housing, career potential and having a voice in the local decision-making process.
Younger people in the group were asked what they want from jobs here. The group encouraged those younger residents to get on the boards like the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association's Economic Develop Council. Some solutions were developing a cross-mentoring program among entrepreneurs, identifying "angel investors" for new business owners and giving young people the resources to get their voice heard.
As a result of the session, a forum is being planned for young people in town to find out what resources are available. The Yampa Valley Community Foundation will provide the space for that forum; the younger attendees at the session were charged with recruiting the crowd.