Effort to keep young workers in WMass & Conn.

WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. (WWLP) – For well over a decade, New England’s Knowledge Corridor Partnership has been working to create opportunities for young workers throughout our region.

Business owners, school administrators, and community leaders from across western Massachusetts and Connecticut were at Bradley International Airport Friday to network and brainstorm ways to remain economically competitive. In this recovering economy, it’s no longer enough just to survive; industries need to prosper — and on a bigger playing field.

“We don’t need to be competitive just in New England or even in the country, we need to be competitive globally. By joining forces we get to be a region of 1.7 million,” said Tim Brennan of the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission.

There are dozens of colleges and universities throughout what’s come to be known as the “Knowledge Corridor,” and businesses want those bright minds to stay right here.

“You have the baby boomers who are beginning to age out of the workforce. They’re retiring in larger and larger numbers. We need people to come up behind them and take their jobs, talented people,” said Kevin Lynn from FutureWorks.

Many businesses might have the tendency to compete with other cities, counties or states, but members of the knowledge corridor found if they can keep talented workers living, employed, and spending money in our region as a whole– be that Springfield or Hartford– really everyone benefits.

The Knowledge Corridor Partnership has been gaining momentum for close to 15 years, working to stay attractive as a region to young workers by creating more housing choices, developing near transportation centers, and producing more clean energy.

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