CT N 6CMSC’s Communications Manager, Christine Schilke, was thrilled to represent YES – Young Energetic Solutions – during a forum on livability in Connecticut presented by the UConn School of Engineering and the CT Dept. of Transportation on July 13, 2015.  Ms. Schilke presented an overview of the economic factors impacting millennials including high amounts of student debt, Connecticut’s high housing costs (for both homeownership and rental) and the cost of transit.  She also offered insight into what this generation is seeking in their communities, including walkable neighborhoods (whether in an urban, suburban or rural setting), as well as smaller, denser and more affordable housing, and proximity to transit options and amenities.

UConn DOT PanelThe event featured guest speaker Andrew Cotugno, Portland, Oregon’s Senior Policy Advisor to the Metro Council and Chief Operating Officer, who talked about his city’s 30 year journey to becoming a national leader in transportation and livable communities.  CT DOT Commissioner James Redeker spoke about the state’s Let’s Go CT! initiative – a 30-year transportation plan and its ambitious 5-year ramp up schedule, while Alyssa Norwood from the Legislative Commission on Aging provided a complementary view of Connecticut’s aging population, noting that today’s seniors are healthier and more active than their predecessors.  Creating communities that are responsive to their needs will also result in desirable communities to grow up as well as grow older.

The event was taped by CT-N and is available for viewing online.