Wednesday, February 6, 2013
3:00 pm

The Lyceum Center
227 Lawrence St
Hartford, CT 06106
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Connecticut Main Street Center (CMSC) and Young Energetic Solutions (YES) presented Fostering Communities that Attract Young People: a forum on what young professionals want in downtown living and how towns can attract & keep them there.  Nearly ninety people attended the two sessions, generating a lively and insightful discussion on what an ideal Main Street district would look like.

Stay Involved!
The forums sparked a lot of ideas and practical advice on how we can all continue the momentum by taking small (and medium), actionable steps to create change.  Click here to see 50 easy ways you can stay involved in your community and with your downtown peers.  Got an idea that’s not on the list?  Let us know and we’ll be happy to add it.

Forum Agenda

Participant Comments
Forum participants were asked to respond to the following when registering for the event: 1) What would you like to see in downtown development that would help attract young people and/or 2) What’s one piece of advice you’d give someone who wants to be involved in the growth/design of their community?  The responses were then presented as a handout at the event.

YES Young Adult Living Preference Survey Results
YES asked young adults what they want when it comes to housing.  Over a hundred people responded, noting both their current and future housing desires.

Forum Discussion Notes
These are the notes taken by the moderator and CMSC staff during the February 6 discussion in Hartford and February 20 discussion in New Haven.

Related News Articles
Below are some news articles and studies from around the country on the issue of attracting young people downtown and keeping them there.

Why smarter land us can help cities attract and retain young adults
Big jump in young adults moving out of state

How the Recession Made Me a Gentrifier in My Home Town
America Is a Walking Disaster
AMF Nears Completion on Gen Y Housing Concept
New York City extols virtues of tiny apartments
Development in Downtown Hartford


Downtown Revitalization Institute is sponsored by:

Webster Bank
New Alliance Foundation