Cuyahoga County Next Generation Council Members Appointed

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CLEVELAND – Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald appointed 15 members to the Next Generation Council. The council was established by the County Executive in order to give young professionals in Cuyahoga County an opportunity to help the new county government in its efforts to attract and retain the young talent to the region.

The appointed members are: Lindsey Alexander, Whitney Anderson, Erika L. Anthony, Matt Brakey, Daniel Brown, Andrew Coleman, Hallie Bram Kogelschatz, Ludgy A. LaRochelle, Hermione Malone, Timothy McCue, Michelle Mulcahy, Jason Russell, Scott Snider, Bryce Sylvester, and Leah Yomtovian Roush.

Councilmembers were selected from a diverse pool of over 125 applicants between the ages of 20 and 35. The group will begin meeting in March and will work to develop a strategic plan to outline their goals and deliverables. Each member of the council will serve a two year term.

“The Next Generation Council will provide an opportunity for my administration to get input from young professionals on how the County can develop the right conditions to engage the creative class of our region,” said FitzGerald. “We are lucky to have such a diverse group to begin this important initiative in our community.”

The development of the Next Generation Council is a direct response to the growing need to make Cuyahoga County a more inclusive and competitive region, and is a key priority of the Western Reserve Plan outlined by the County Executive during the State of the County Address.

There is a strong value proposition for engage young professionals in our region. Currently, every time a young professional leaves to go to another part of the country, greater Cleveland loses 120% of their salary in actual economic value. The Next Generation Council, one of the first in the Midwest, will encourage greater inclusion and participation by our young people in our civic affairs, and to truly make them feel that they are stakeholders in our future.