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Smart partnership: Chamber and young professionals

November 22. 2017 1:01AM

Two important Manchester-area business groups are merging, and the move should help further the mission of both organizations.

For the past 13 years, the Manchester Young Professionals Network has given the Queen City’s next generation of business leaders a chance to meet, greet, and collaborate.

In merging with the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, the group will be able to leverage the chamber’s professional staff. The chamber will gain an advisory council to keep it in touch with the tastes and trends of younger workers, in addition to contact with MYPN’s 4,000 members.

New Hampshire is facing demographic challenges. An aging population strains the workforce, school districts, and local property tax base. Young people leaving college are always going to be tempted to move to bigger cities. But the Granite State can do a better job retaining younger workers, and attracting new ones.

Bringing the MYPN in-house will “young up the chamber,” in the words of chamber member Matt Cookson, a former MYPN member himself.

It will also give young professionals access to some of their more seasoned colleagues, providing informal mentorship opportunities that might not otherwise exist.

We wish both organizations good tidings as they move forward together.

Business Editorial Manchester

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