Iowa’s Statewide YPO
Started in 2004 with statewide conferences
Board and committee work started in 2007
“To connect and engage young professional in
Iowa to take responsibility for the growth of
their community and state.”
YP = Young Professional
YPO = Young Professional Organization
Iowa is ahead of most states
• Only a handful of states have a statewide
organization (Florida, New Mexico, North
• Over 100 YPOs throughout the state of Iowa
Most states just see YP groups within metro
markets and not within the rural cities.
501 ( c )( 3 ) organization
affiliated with the Iowa
Association of Business
and Industry Foundation.
YPIowa Board made up of
15 young leaders from
around the state of Iowa
Board meets 4 times a year monthly newsletter to YPs
throughout the state Blog Annual Leadership
YP Leader’s Academy assist with
start new YPOs (Le Mars, Iowa) advocates around
the state assist other Midwest YPOs
All resources can be found at
YPIowa was at the desk when the
Governor Culver signed bill to create
the 1st statewide YP commission in the
YPIowa encouraged YPs to sign-up for
the Generation Iowa Commission. He
had a pool of over 250 to choose from!
Generation Iowa Commission is a
commission under the Iowa
Department of Economic Development
and has access to statistics and also
the ear of legislators.
Working since 2007 to help Iowa’s
business, government and community
leaders stop this….
Out-migration leads to a projection of plunging workforce population
Iowa’s workforce is
peaking in size.
In 10 years, Iowa’s
workforce will lose
about 60,000 people
every 5 years.
(Equivalent to losing a
Principal, UIHC or
Rockwell Collins every
From 2005 to 2007, Iowa has moved up to second-to-last in the
Midwest in key wage metric.
In 2008, Generation Iowa surveyed 1000
Iowans about why they would leave.
1. Highest Paying Job in their Field of Study
Other “Tie-Breaker” Priorities
2. Demographic-Specific Amenities and Attractions
3. Options for Career Advancement & Mentoring
4. Cost-of-living + Student Debt repayment
Brain Drain is a symptom of a lack of jobs
for people with advanced degrees
• What does the world look like to a college graduate?
62% of Iowa’s high school graduates go to college
33% of “Next Generation” Iowans will get a Bachelor’s degree
24% of workforce aged Iowans already have a Bachelor’s degree
12.2% of currently available jobs require a BA or higher
• Iowa has relatively fewer career opportunities, without
concentrated industry clustering & New Economy capital-efficient
State-Level Policy Recommendations
• More ambitious state Job Creation programs to better funnel
efforts toward high-skill jobs
• Next Generation members on state’s economic
development, education and quality-of-life boards
• Double IDED support of small business internships
• Increase education grant to AmeriCorps’ disaster volunteers
We need young, YPs want to
educated Iowan’s stay, but can’t
to secure find an
our future appropriate job
YPIowa created the
YPIowa wanted to create a program that
• addresses the growing workforce needs of the state of
• Creates a network for those who want to pursue job
opportunities within Iowa.
• Attracts and retains young professional in Iowa.
There are current gaps or perceived gaps in
career offerings for YPs throughout the state.
• YPs leave the state to pursue higher paying jobs.
Also, have trouble finding job opportunities when they
• YPs then have trouble connecting to jobs when they
want to move back to their hometown
YPIowa recognized that in order to keep
young talent in the state and encourage
new young talent to move to Iowa, there
must be career opportunities for them.
They must have a means to enjoy the high
quality of life that Iowa can offer.
How did you find out about your current
employers job opportunities?
• Online Posting
• Iowa Workforce
• Temp Agencies
– Got recruited
– Told about the opening
I want to move
I’ve got a
back to my
position in IT
open here at
IA. Do you
know of any
Do you know of
a YP making a
move within this
with an IT
• Regional Advisors in Test Markets
– Oversees a Region
• Greg Hoffman, NW Iowa
• Quad Cities
• Des Moines
• Cedar Rapids
• Job Ambassadors
– Assist Regional Advisors within specific cities
– Connected to the Community
• Sioux City: Beth Trejo, Jon Murad, Virginia Anderson
• Act as a link between local and regional
• Close any gaps in communication or resources
that act as barriers for both YPs and employers
• Resource for YPs interested in staying or moving
to the state to find the opportunities they need.
• Assist employers to get connected to young
qualified job candidates.
Who is all involved?
Did not want
• Statewide and local government
to recreate the
wheel initiatives / commissions
• Statewide workforce programs
such as IWD and IDED
• Local Chambers of Commerce
• Universities and
Colleges, Technical and
• Trades, Associations and Unions
• Human Resource Organizations
• Civic Organizations
• Business Leaders
How does this benefit your company?
• These YPs have networked in order to find out about
this opportunity so they understand the power of
• Access to YPs that are passionate about this area and
want to make this home.
• May come across a YP that you could “make room” for
within your company because of their experience
How to utilize
Everything sent to this e-mail will be
forwarded to the Regional Advisors
where the job is located or where the YP
wishes to find their job opportunity.
Company with Jobs Individuals seeking Job
• • City wish to locate to
City position located
• • Type of position you are
• Specific requirements
• Permission to promote
• Permission to forward
your position to YPs
resume to job
• We will send you the
resume so you know they
come from this program.