The recent mayoral election featured lots of talk about attracting and retaining young professionals. According to the New York Times we're not the only ones.
Competition for us is particularly fierce, the story says, because "by 2012 the work force will be losing more than two workers for every one it gains." And they really want folks before they turn 35, when they become much less likely to move.
One of the most interesting points the story makes is that young people choose cities like Austin, Atlanta and Portland less because of what the city has done and more because ambiguous attitudes and word of mouth.
So instead of asking what can we do as we've done so many times before, my question for y'all is why are you here? And what keeps you here?
Shreveport-Bossier has some great and often overlooked assets like low cost of living, limited traffic and friendly people. Maybe if we promoted those things we could find ways to attract young adults.