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Survey Of Area Millenials Highlights Concerns Of Younger Generation For Washington County

The Washington County Planning Commission, chaired by Jerry Brockmeier, is in the process of updating the comprehensive plan for the county with the assistance of the Southwest Illinois Planning Commission’s Community and Regional Planner, Linda Tragresser.

During this process, committee members brought up concerns about retaining and attracting young people to the area and decided they would like to survey young people between the ages of 18 and 32 (Millennials) to see what their opinions were on Washington County. 

With the assistance of Pam Schallhorn, Community and Economic Development Educator for the University of Illinois Extension a survey was open between June 19 and July 6. 

The group received 84 responses to the survey from Millennials between the ages of 18-32. 

As part of the survey, respondents were asked to rank what they thought Washington County needed to make it more appealing to Millennials. 

In order of importance, These concerns were:

• 1 – More jobs that fit my education level

• 2 – Places for me to hang out with my friends like, coffee shops and micro-breweries

• 3 – A community that is supportive of its small businesses

• 4 – Being included in the community development planning process;

• 5 – More focus and opportunity for young entrepreneurs to start small businesses

• 6 – The people that live there now caring about their youth staying

In addition to the survey, a Millennial Focus group is planned for July 27, 2015  at 6:30 p.m. at the Washington County U of I Extension Office at 9623 Wall St., Nashville. 

If you are between the ages of 18 and 32 and would like to be a part of the focus group please contact Pam Schallhorn at 618-327-8881 or email

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