Millennials Cast Their Vote

November 28th, 2012

For Immediate Release:
November 28, 2012

Millennials Cast Their Vote

The Millennial Leaders Alliance Votes on Their Top Priorities for 2013

FORT WAYNE, Ind. - Northeast Indiana Millennials have spoken. Last year, 15-25 year olds across the region were surveyed by the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnerships Vision 2020 initiative to discover Northeast Indiana's strengths and weaknesses in the eyes of Millennials. From that information, the Millennial Leaders Alliance (MLA) voted on their top priorities for the upcoming year.

The Millennial Leaders Alliance is a group of Millennials that has been selected to represent each county throughout Northeast Indiana that acts as the governing body of Vision 2020's Millennial 2020 program. The MLA has taken the model that the Regional Opportunities Council (ROC) has set and used it as their own when forming and voting on priorities. The ROC oversees the Vision 2020 initiative and is a strong advocate for increasing Millennial engagement across the region.

"It's great to be a part of a group of young people who want to make a change in Northeast Indiana," says Lindsey Hively, MLA member and owner of Kernel Coladas in Whitley County. "At age 25, I'm able to engage and network with regional presidents and CEOs to better myself and my community through the priorities we have set for 2013."

The 2013 MLA priorities have two focus areas: leadership development of MLA members and Millennial engagement within Northeast Indiana. Each area targets developing, attracting or retaining talent in the region.

MLA leadership development priorities:

  • Job shadow ROC members
  • Meet with local organizations to better understand the opportunities they bring to Millennials
  • Speed networking with ROC members

Millennial engagement priorities:

  • Target Millennials that currently live in Northeast Indiana by speaking or hosting events at local high schools and higher education institutions
  • Host a Spark Tank, an event to spark community engagement
  • Host social events aligned with the five pillars of Vision 2020 to encourage Millennial engagement

"It's important to give our Millennials a voice," Erica Schweyer, Vision 2020 coordinator said. "They want to be involved; they want to make a difference; and by forming the MLA, Millennials are able to do so. Bringing ROC and MLA members together will help Northeast Indiana develop, attract and retain talent, which is ultimately the goal of both groups."

If you would like to join the MLA or want to know how else you can get more involved, visit the Millennial Leaders Alliance page on the Millennial 2020 website and apply.

Millennial 2020 is an extension of Vision 2020 ; a regional initiative stewarded by the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership. Millennial 2020 gives Millennials an active voice and role in Vision 2020 and directly aligns with Vision 2020's mission for Northeast Indiana to develop, attract, and retain talent.

The Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership was formed in 2006 to help build a globally competitive economy in Northeast Indiana. It is a public-private partnership focused on generating business leads and building regional capacity through product development and effective regional collaboration. In 2010, the Partnership launched Vision 2020 to bring the region together around five key areas (the five pillars) for economic growth: 21st Century Talent, Competitive Business Climate, Entrepreneurship, Infrastructure and Quality of Life. Through its combined efforts in business development and capacity building, the Partnership supports its 10 member counties: Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells and Whitley. For more information, visit


Courtney Tritch
Marketing Director
Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership

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