Affordable Housing, Community Development

Strong Ideas Emerge on Communities Attracting Young People


A wealth of great ideas and information is now available from two February workshops convened by Young Energetic Solutions (YES) and CT Main Street Center on Fostering Communities that Attract Young People: What Young Professionals Want in Downtown Living and How Towns Can Attract & Keep Them There.  The workshops in Hartford and New Haven drew over 90 attendees, an interesting mix of young and older – municipal officials and staff and people from an array of professions and backgrounds. 

Ably facilitated by Jason Vincent of the New London Community Development Corporation, the conversations spanned the gamut of interconnected issues that comprise an affordable, functional and interesting community – with special emphasis on how we can get people in their 20s and 30s more involved in municipal decision making on placemaking and development.  Great insights and solutions emerged on housing affordability, transit/biking/walking, culture and entertainment, supporting business startups and innovation, and creating more enjoyable public spaces.

CT Main Street Center has posted on their site a variety of resources from the workshops:

  • 50 Small Steps to Create Change – tangible ideas for individuals, groups and municipalities to strengthen their communities.
  • YES Young Adult Living Preference Survey Results – summarizes responses by over 100 people in their 20s and 30s, showing a significant shift from previous generations in where they wish to live.
  • Several great articles on the economic and social importance of communities retaining and attracting young people, and how other places are making progress.

CT Main Street Center workshop material 
Young Energetic Solutions (YES)


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