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Young Professionals Week: embracing Buffalo Niagara’s renaissance

Young professionals throughout the Buffalo Niagara region are using terms such as “renaissance”, “rebirth” and “growth” when referring to the changes taking place locally.

This Buffalo “boom” is leading to positive results for a variety of industries throughout the region including manufacturing, construction, recruitment and development.

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Young professionals gathered at Resurgence Brewery for our collaborative Happy Hour with EBL

Buffalo has been able to boast a population increase in the young professional (or millennial) demographic, leading to a greater need for strong young professional organizations.

As we move into September, we are excited to kick off another year of Buffalo Niagara 360 programming!

The BN360 program (which is entering its seventh year) offers leadership and professional development, as well as networking opportunities, to prepare our young professionals to become the leaders of our region.

Our year begins during Young Professionals Week: September 15-18, 2014.

We will wrap up the week with our big Kickoff Celebration on September 18, where our full year of programming will be unveiled and our Spotlight Young Professionals for the year will be announced.

So what’s in store for Young Professionals Week, and how does it relate to the region’s development?

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Handlebar at the Apartments at the Hub

To help encourage young professionals to play a part in our region’s renaissance, we ensured that the event line-up for YP week was focused around the factors that are defining Buffalo’s “boom”: new jobs, development & enthusiasm.

New Jobs: Young Professionals Week will kick off with a collaborative event (hosted by a number of YP organizations) on Monday evening at The Foundry, a new business incubator and creative community space that is focused on building business and inspiring the next generation of leaders.

Seeing as how BN360’s mission is to provide young professionals with opportunities to develop both personally and professionally, The Foundry is a perfect venue to start a week of engagement and collaboration.

On Tuesday evening, Startup Grind Buffalo will bring together the region’s start-up community for a keynote speech by Dan Penberthy from Rand Capital.

Development: In most areas of downtown Buffalo, new developments are popping up and cranes are filling the skies.

We want to make sure our young professionals check out the newest developments, so our Kickoff Celebration will be at The Apartments at the Hub, a gorgeous new spot (so new that it hasn’t yet opened) that includes one & two bedroom apartments, Handlebar (a cycling themed bar and restaurant where you can pedal at your table to charge your phone!), a bike shop and a fitness center.

Enthusiasm: One of the most welcome changes in the region has been a change in attitude. It is a palpable change that has been building over the past few years. Buffalo’s young professionals believe in the city, want to get involved and are going out and making a difference.

Every week, the social media sphere is filled with positive Buffalo news stories. In a recent Buffalo News article, President & CEO Dottie Gallagher-Cohen said, “I think we all feel really energized. It’s a continuing part of the Buffalo story. We’ve got to keep the momentum going.”

With that in mind, we are partnering with Social Media Club Buffalo to offer a Social Media & Ethics panel on Wednesday, September 17.

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YPs gathered at BN360’s 2013 ‘Give Back’ event

How can we keep that momentum going?

For starters, we encourage young professionals that aren’t already members to register today to join BN360 in order to take advantage of this year’s incredible line-up of events. For more information on joining BN360, contact Liz Callahan.

In order for our region to continue to flourish, we need our young professionals to see the value in working together to bring about new ideas and opportunities for the individuals and businesses across Buffalo Niagara.

By investing in our young professionals, we can ensure the momentum continues to push the Buffalo Niagara region in the right direction.

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