Aiken leaders hope to attract more young professionals to city

Sandra Jordan led a presentation titled "Aiken: A Compelling Place to Live."   File photo

University of South Carolina-Aiken Chancellor Sandra Jordan was the keynote speaker at the recent Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce's State of Our Community Luncheon, where she explained the importance of attracting more young professionals to the area.

Jordan, who chaired a recent task force, presented "Aiken: A Compelling Place to Live." She discussed some of the focal points of the report, such as attracting young professionals to meet workforce needs and continue growth in businesses in the community.

“Aiken is a wonderful place to live, work and play, but changes are on the horizon," Jordan said.

The time is now to attract more young professionals because baby boomers in the area are beginning to retire, meaning there are several openings within small and large businesses. But even though Jordan and other city officials have their eye on younger residents, she mentioned in her speech that retirement-aged residents are still an essential and beloved part of the community.

“The fact that we need to give thought to what attracts a younger demographic is not an assault on our current assets, traditions, and those things that make Aiken so charming,” Jordan said.

One can view the full report from the Compelling Place to Live Task Force here.

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