Buffalo Niagara Partnership Announces 2018 Young Professional Survey Results
BUFFALO, N.Y. — A full 95 percent of young professionals who took a recent survey said they would recommend the Buffalo Niagara region as a place to live, work and play. But, in an important bellwether for the region, nearly one-third of those survey respondents don’t see opportunities for their own career growth in the region.
That’s according to the results of the 2018 Young Professional Survey, conducted by the Buffalo Niagara Partnership, the regional chamber of commerce, and BN360, the Partnership’s premier young professional engagement and development program.
“Data projections from the U.S. Census Bureau have shown that the nationwide population of professionals aged 25 to 34 will continue to grow while that same population in the Buffalo Niagara region will slowly dwindle,” said Dottie Gallagher, President and CEO of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership. “By 2022, our region will have to overcome a 5 percent gap in the population of young professionals—a gap that will make it increasingly difficult for employers to recruit new talent. The time to act is now.”
Important findings from the 2018 survey include:
- 31 percent of survey respondents do not see opportunities for their own career growth in the Buffalo Niagara region.
- In the next 10 years, 81 percent of survey respondents see themselves living in the Buffalo Niagara region.
- 22 percent of all survey respondents identified K-12 education in the City of Buffalo as the most critical issue facing the Buffalo Niagara region.
- 27 percent of survey respondents of color identified racial equity as the most critical issue facing the Buffalo Niagara region.
- 31 percent of all survey respondents identified waterfront development as the top area of opportunity for the Buffalo Niagara region.
“A healthy population of young professionals is critical to the health of any economy—but especially in the Buffalo Niagara region, which is on the cusp of a sustained resurgence,” Gallagher said. “We must all take action to ensure that the Buffalo Niagara region becomes a career destination for young professionals.”
To that end, the 2018 survey includes specific actions that employers and community stakeholders can take to provide young professionals with the growth opportunities, meaningful connections, and opportunities that will encourage them to stay in the Buffalo Niagara region. Among the action items are issue advocacy, mentoring, career planning, and committing to an increase in professional development dollars.
More than 880 young professionals between the ages of 21 and 40 took the 2018 Young Professional Survey—more than double the number who took the 2017 survey. The 2018 survey was conducted online through October 2018.
To read the 2018 Young Professional Survey report and learn more about how employers and community stakeholders can act on the survey results, visit thepartnership.org/ypsurvey.
ABOUT THE BUFFALO NIAGARA PARTNERSHIP
The Buffalo Niagara Partnership is the area’s regional chamber of commerce and privately-funded economic development organization. Partnership members employ more than a quarter of a million people in the Buffalo Niagara region. By mobilizing members and strategic partners around common goals, the Partnership grows private investment and jobs in Buffalo Niagara through advocacy, business development, and convening.