The region’s business community confirmed a growing concern in 2013 that Young Professionals (YPs ages 20-40) who are attracted to the area are often unaware of all Southwest Florida has to offer their growing demographic. The study found that YPs and YP families who move to the area have a difficult time engaging with other YPs as information about available events and activities is limited. Local YPs also need avenues to gather, socialize and network with other YPs.
As a result Southwest Florida experienced too many YPs moving out of the area due to a lack of relevant information on Young Professionals.
The Workforce Committee took on the challenge of developing a solution by better understanding the needs of this vibrant segment of our population. Community leaders and Young Professionals worked together to find common ground and create a solution specifically designed for the YP audience. Led by Dr. Guido Minaya, Chair of the YP Portal initiative, the team agreed on a solution, selected a vendor, secured sponsors, recruited project managers and shared valuable information to be showcased in the YP Portal.
Special thanks to the following key YP Portal committee members: Alan Gaunt, Dan Sinclair, Joe Nugent, Chelsea Clementi, Kelsey Griffin, Melissa Cofta, Brian Herrick, Corey Walker, Libby Hardy, Claire Gorman, Sabra Smith, Erika Hilliard, Christine Ross, Colleen DePasquale, Warren Baucom, Kristy Keyes Knupp, Michelle Zech, Ashley Skalecki, Peg Elmore, Christine Davlin, Tiffany Esposito-Kittinger, Claire Gorman, Laura Rhoad, Janet Watermeier, John Boland and Sarah Owen. Special thanks to RFP Project Manager, Bryon McCartney, and to YP Portal Development Project Manager, Phil Henninge. Very special thanks to our Premiere Sponsor, Chico’s FAS and our Signature Sponsors, Southwest Florida Community Foundation and Lee Memorial Health System.
Our selected vendor: Atilus, owned and operated by Zach Katkin and Harry Casimir (graduates of FGCU). Atilus is an excellent example of a thriving YP Web design firm based in our local area.
The whole is truly greater than the sum of the parts. We hope you enjoy the YP Portal.