WF Chamber using survey to increase young workforce

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - The Wichita Falls Chamber of Commerce is looking to grow their young workforce, and they're doing it with a new targeted survey.

It's a project that has been in the works for close to a year to figure out why the city is losing young professionals.

"This information will tie into our new plan to grow Wichita Falls and the region," C.E.O. of the Wichita Falls Chamber of Commerce, Henry Florsheim said.

They are hoping to expand the area with a growth strategy that will be completed by the Economic Development Steering Committee.

Call Director of U.S.A. 800, Sarah Quigley, said their efforts to grow the workforce is not going unnoticed.

"Coming here, it seems like there is a commitment to the town that I haven't seen in the other cities I've lived in," Quigley said.

Florsheim said it's because they don't have much of a choice.

"It doesn't matter how many retirees we add," Florsheim said. "If we are losing the younger population, at some point we're going to run out of workers. So we've got to turn that trend around and that's what we are working on."

"Things like childhood poverty, educational attainment, and becoming a quality community for younger professionals to live in are the things we have to do if we expect to grow the city," he added.

The survey is open to business managers and college students for the rest of October.

Florsheim said the goal is to find a middle ground and accommodate both demographics.

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