Millennials group outlines 2013 priorities

November 29th, 2012

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Millennials group outlines 2013 priorities

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Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012 at 10:50am

The Millennial Leaders Alliance, which is made up of young adults from across northeast Indiana and is part of the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnerships Vision 2020 initiative, on Wednesday announced its priorities for the coming year.

The MLA's priorities were focused on two areas: leadership development and getting more millennials — those individuals roughly ages 15 to 25 — engaged in northeast Indiana.

Among its leadership-development priorities in 2013, the MLA said it would like to see job-shadowing opportunities with Regional Opportunities Council members. The council oversees the Vision 2020 initiative to boost the region's economy and improve its quality of life.

In addition, the MLA would like to see meetings with local organizations about the opportunities they have for millennials and opportunities for speed networking with Regional Opportunities Council members.

To get more millennials engaged in the Vision 2020 initiative, the MLA called for: speaking at or hosting events at area high schools and colleges; hosting a "Spark Tank" event to encourage engagement; and hosting events that are aligned with the five main priorities of Vision 2020, which are 21st-century talent, a competitive business climate, entrepreneurship, infrastructure and quality of life.

"It's important to give our millennials a voice," Erica Schweyer, Vision 2020 coordinator, said in a statement. "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."

For more information about the Millennial Leaders Alliance, go to