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Allegany County Young Professionals to Host 2nd Annual Mentor Mixer

WELLSVILLE – Rising young professionals in Allegany County will once again have a chance to connect with mentors across business, industry, education, and government, at the Allegany County Young Professionals Group’s 2nd Annual Mentor Mixer.  This year’s event is being coordinated in partnership with members of the Leadership Allegany Class of 2020, whose aim is to increase awareness of the importance of keeping young leaders in our communities and increase participation in the Allegany County Young Professionals Group.  The Mentor Mixer will be held on Thursday, September 26, from 6 – 8 p.m. at the Wellsville Creative Arts Center and promises to be the group’s biggest and best networking event of the year.

This year, the Allegany County Young Professionals will welcome author, speaker, small business owner, and higher-education administrator, Pamela Say, to the stage as the evening’s headlining speaker.  Say is currently the Vice-President for Institutional Advancement at D’Youville College, but her roots extend back to Allegany County, where she was formerly the Executive Director of Development at Houghton College and the driving force behind the creation of Leadership Allegany.

“We’re thrilled to work with members of the Leadership Allegany Class of 2020 to host this event and excited to welcome Pamela Say as our guest speaker,” said Tim Keenan, Chair of the Allegany County Young Professionals.  “Last year’s event was a great success – we received a lot of encouraging feedback from mentors and young professionals alike who had made positive connections at the event and we’re confident that this year’s event will be equally successful.”

Retaining and attracting young professionals to the area has become more important than ever, as the population of Allegany County continues to decline and age.  Adding new, young residents who want to live, work, or start their businesses here has the potential to dramatically impact Allegany County’s economy, community, and tax base.

“The future economic vitality of Allegany County businesses, academic institutions, and communities is closely tied to our ability to retain and attract young professionals to Allegany County,” said Angela McKay, Assistant Director of Economic Development & Planning at Allegany County.  “As decision makers and leaders in our businesses, academic institutions, and communities, Allegany County mentors’ engagement with a rising generation of leaders is vital for the future of a vibrant and sustainable Allegany County.”

The Mentor Mixer will again kick-off a slate of social and service activities extending through the spring of 2020, including service events at the Wellsville Community Kitchen on September 7 and November 16, professional development opportunities, and the upcoming annual holiday gathering in December.

Mentors and young professionals who are interested in attending can either RSVP online, or by contacting Angela McKay by phone at 585-268-7447 or by email at angela.mckay@alleganyco.com.