‘Millennials THRIVE in Chautauqua County’ event Thursday

JAMESTOWN – This summer marks Chautauqua Works and Workforce Investment Board’s sixth annual Chautauqua Ad-vancement Project program. The CAP program began in 2009 when the Gebbie Foundation awarded the Workforce Investment Board with grant funds aimed at pairing Jamestown businesses with local, young professionals through a summer-long paid internship program.

Eight organizations are participating in this year’s CAP program, including Digitell, Career Systems Development, Jamestown Pediatrics, JCC, The Chautauqua County De-partment of Health and Human Services, the Chau-tauqua County Land Bank, Chautauqua County Health Network, and the Chautauqua Region Com-munity Foundation. Aside from gaining meaningful summer employment, CAP interns actively develop networking and peer leadership skills through a number of workshops and activities.

Every Friday, CAP interns convene at Chautauqua Works where they gain insight on Jamestown and Chautauqua County while designing a community project to benefit the area.

This year’s project, titled “Millennials THRIVE in Chautauqua County,” is intended on empowering young adults by giving them a platform on which to share their ideas on how to slow Chautauqua County’s alleged “brain drain” problem – a term often used to describe the flight of young people away from a given area.

Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan and his assistant, Daniel Heitzenrater, have been present at several of these meetings and have expressed a sincere enthusiasm for the project and its implications for the Chautauqua County workforce and its tie to the THRIVE Initiative started by Horrigan.

In order to gain a diverse and representative perspective on millennials’ perceptions of Chautauqua County, this year’s CAP program would like to extend an open invitation to all of Chautauqua County’s millennials or any young adult who is interested in having a voice for the future of Chautauqua County to attend the “Millennials THRIVE in Chautauqua County” event on Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Shawbucks, l212 W. 2nd St. in downtown Jamestown. The event will feature free food and a cash bar, while providing ample networking opportunities for young people in the Chautauqua County area.

Horrigan will be in attendance at the event, eager to hear millennials’ ideas on how to make Chautauqua County a more attractive place for a younger generation. Special thanks to event sponsors, Chautauqua Works and the Gebbie Foundation.

For more information, go to www.facebook.com/MillennialsThrive or contact Jody Cheney at the Workforce Investment Board at 661-9324.