'Big Brainstorm' Event in Fort Worth, TX
PHOTO CREDIT: Jeff Adkins
What's the big idea? Everyone started to know in December 2011.
The Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce supervised a campaign in 2011 to have its Vision Fort Worth young professionals organization think of ways to improve the community's quality of life in the future. Vision Fort Worth is open to any young professionals ages 21-40 from all walks of life, and there are currently more than 350 people in the organization.
“We want these young professionals to have a hand in helping to shape the community they hopefully want to live in long-term,” says Brianna Broussard, Vision Fort Worth program manager with the Fort Worth Chamber. “The chamber has been hosting focus-group meetings with the young people, then we put together an anonymous online survey of what assets or changes the Vision members would like to see for the future. The meeting in December 2011 formally showcased the best ideas.”
In partnership with Steer Fort Worth (the mayor's young professionals initiative) and facilitated by Leadership Fort Worth, the Big Brainstorm occurred Dec. 2, 2011 to explore key topics that have been identified through the focus groups and survey, and those topics will be discussed throughout 2012.
“Topics relate to transportation, education, future entertainment venues, the arts, green space and more,” Broussard says. “It is all about the young professionals providing us with their vision for the next 25-30 years.”
Vision Fort Worth was created to help retain more of the approximately 325,000 students attending colleges and universities in the Dallas/Fort Worth region.
“The chamber wants them to want to stay in Fort Worth,” Broussard says. “Vision Fort Worth is an organization that gives young professionals a connection with one another, helping to work toward a better community.”
As for the organization itself, Broussard says Vision Fort Worth has 20 mentors on the chamber board who are older, well-established, successful business leaders in Fort Worth who can provide one-on-one career mentoring.
“We want the young professionals to be involved in Fort Worth as early as possible, and hopefully for a lifetime,” she says. “They are the future, and we want their input now.”
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