Engage! Cleveland releases findings from nearly 1,000 young professionals 

Cleveland, Ohio FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — Today, Engage! Cleveland announced the results of its second comprehensive young professional survey, sharing valuable insights from nearly 1,000 area young professionals on why they choose Greater Cleveland to live, work and get involved civically. The findings were presented this morning at the organization’s 2nd Annual State of the Young Professional Community event presented by the Illuminating Company, A FirstEnergy Company.

“In order for the Greater Cleveland community to thrive, we must understand what the next generation wants and needs,” said Ashley Basile Oeken, president of Engage! Cleveland. “This data shares insight into what nearly 1,000 young professionals had to say.” 

Key findings from the report include the following:

  1. Young professionals need to be bigger cheerleaders of Greater Cleveland with 94 percent of them having a positive perception of the area, yet 42 percent of them are passive in promoting it to family and friends considering relocating to Cleveland. 

  2. Public transportation remains the largest challenge for the second year in a row, according to respondents.

  3. Compensation continues to be the highest ranked attribute that young professionals are seeking.

  4. Nearly three out of five respondents (59%) said Engage! Cleveland had a positive impact on their perception of Cleveland’s quality of life.

  5. Young professionals had a lot to say about how to improve our community and want their voices to be heard. 

Cleveland is competing globally to attract and retain top talent to the region. The State of the Young Professional Community Survey, now in its second year, aims to help area employers and community leaders better understand the lenses through which young professionals perceive the Greater Cleveland area as well as provide insights into how these perceptions are driving the decisions and actions they take in hopes of creating impactful change for the community.

Survey respondents offered interesting viewpoints of the community with 43 percent identifying as lifers, 34 percent as transplants, 21 percent as boomerangers (individuals who grew up in Cleveland, moved away, and then returned to the area) and 2 percent not currently living in the area. Results are statistically sound within a credibility interval of +/- 4 percent for all respondents. Research was conducted by Corporate University, Kent State University at Stark, an organizational and professional development training partner with subject-matter experts.

 To download the report and learn more about Engage! Cleveland, new events, employer membership, jobs and civic opportunities in Cleveland, please visit engagecleveland.org.

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About Engage! Cleveland

Engage! Cleveland is a community engagement organization for young professionals and business/community leaders who are passionate about making Cleveland a lasting home for the next generation. Our goal is to attract, engage and retain young, diverse talent to Greater Cleveland by connecting young professionals to people, jobs, organizations and events. You can find out more at www.engagecleveland.org.

The 2nd Annual State of the Young Professional Community is presented by The Illuminating Company, A FirstEnergy Company. Additional sponsors include Winding River Consulting, FIT Technologies and Medical Mutual. A full list of sponsors and partners can be found at https://www.engagecleveland.org/calendar/2019/9/12/2nd-annual-state-of-the-young-professional-community.

Media Contact:

Cheyenne Meek

Cheyenne@EngageCleveland.org

216-264-5644

www.engagecleveland.org

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