Valley County Works to Retain Youth

The Ord Area Chamber of Commerce, Valley County Community Foundation Fund (VCCFF), and Valley County Economic Development (VCED) have collaborated for a second year in an effort to increase awareness among local high school seniors of the opportunities to remain in or return to Valley County.

Representatives from the three organizations visited with over seventy high school seniors in Arcadia, North Loup-Scotia, and Ord prior to their graduation.  The goal of the visits was to inform students of the wide variety of opportunities in their hometown community, whether the student plans to enter the workforce immediately after their high school graduation, attend a two- or four-year college, or enlist in the armed forces.

Each senior was presented with a 4GB USB flash drive adorned with the I Love Valley County logo. The flash drives contained information on the opportunities to LIVE, WORK, PLAY, and GIVE in Valley County as well as community resources they can utilize if they wish to return to Valley County for a summer internship or future career opportunity. The flash drive also included well-wishes from their high school teachers and administrators.  The graduates can also use the extra space on the flash drive for saving college documents and storing resumes.

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Kristina Foth, Business Development and Marketing Specialist for the Ord Area Chamber of Commerce and Valley County Economic Development states, “In 2012, 48% of all Valley County seniors could see themselves returning to the community at some point in the future.  This year, that percentage increased to 59%.  Alumni returning to our community have the potential to generate new business ventures, provide current businesses with a quality workforce, and contribute to local civic organizations.”

Dahn Hagge, HomeTown Competitiveness Coordinator for the Valley County Community Foundation Fund and Valley County Economic Development also states, “During the past two years, we have partnered with Valley County Schools to intensify our youth engagement programs. We are beginning to see the benefits of efforts like EntrepreneurShip Investigation (ESI) Camp, Business Discovery Day, Youth Entrepreneurship Showcase and the Senior Flash Drive Project. Meaningful connections with our youth directly impact the successful future of Valley County. We are excited to welcome alumni returning home!”

In order to maintain a relationship with these Valley County alumni, occasional emails will be sent with information and updates on projects, job opportunities, and other community news. Youth retention is vital to the future of our community and aligns with the missions of the Ord Area Chamber, Valley County Community Foundation Fund, and Valley County Economic Development.

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