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FitzGerald Announces Next Generation Council to Target Young Talent

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Nicole Dailey Jones: (216) 263-4602, (216)338-0863 or ndjones@cuyahogacounty.us
John Kohlstrand: (216) 698-2099 or jkohlstrand@cuyahogacounty.us

CLEVELAND — In recognition of the unique role that young adults play in creating an entrepreneurial economy, Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald today announced the creation of the Cuyahoga County Next Generation Council.

Composed of county residents ages 20 to 34, the Council will encourage greater participation in government and identify policy issues and priorities that affect young adults across the county. FitzGerald said it is important to Cuyahoga County’s economic future to attract and retain creative,talented young people.

“Cuyahoga County can no longer afford not to engage young adults in local government” FitzGerald said. “Our hope is that this council will help our new county government in developing a policy agenda that will make our region a destination for young people across the world.”

Partners in the development of the Next Generation Council include Engage Cleveland, the 20/30Club, and the Young Professional Senate.

“The formation of the Next Generation Council is a positive sign for our community and for young adults becoming more collaborative and connected, which is imperative to Greater Cleveland's future success” says Andrew Bennett, President of the Cleveland 20/30 Club.

Some of the goals of the council include improving communication between county government and the young adult community of Cuyahoga County and building coalitions with young adult organizations to increase the influence and effectiveness of young adults in civic issues.

Prospective council members are required to be residents of Cuyahoga County and must submit a resume, cover letter, and essays discussing their leadership experiences. Applications are due on Dec. 19, 2011. An external committee of young adult leaders will oversee the selection process.Finalists will be selected for in-person interviews and successful candidates will be notified of their selection in early January of 2012.

A complete description of the program and instructions for applying can be found at: http://executive.cuyahogacounty.us/en-us/next-generation-council.aspx