Lebanon, NH - The Upper Valley Business Alliance (UVBA) and the Upper Valley Young Professionals (UVYP) are pleased to announce that they have formed a partnership whereby the Upper Valley Young Professionals will merge into the UVBA. The current board of the UVYP will become an advisory steering committee of UVBA and continue to coordinate the programming and events of the UVYP as well as work closely with the Business Alliance’s board of directors and staff. UVBA will provide UVYP will staff support, sponsorship and mentorship opportunities, and help promote UVYP membership to companies with newly relocated young professional employees.
“Workforce development is one of UVBA’s main priorities,” says Tracy Hutchins, executive director of the Upper Valley Business Alliance. “We are thrilled to partner with the Upper Valley Young Professionals and collaborate with the group to make the Upper Valley region an attractive place for young professionals to relocate. So many of our region’s businesses and organizations need a talent pipeline and having a dynamic, welcoming and community-minded group such as the UVYP is a true asset to creating vibrant area where younger people want to live and work.”
UVYP Steering Committee: (L to R) Elizabeth Edwards, Sydney Lucia, Brittany Brown, and Randall Reynolds; not pictured: Lorin Durand
UVYP Steering Committee co-chair Elizabeth Edwards, a teacher at Kimball Union Academy, agrees. “This opportunity will elevate our ability to provide networking, volunteering and professional development to young professionals in our region. We are all so thrilled to announce this partnership with UVBA.”
The Upper Valley Young Professionals focus on networking, professional development and community service. As a group, they volunteer at the Upper Valley Haven on a monthly basis as well as hold social gatherings and professional development workshops for their members. Membership is free and open to 20 to 40 year-olds living and working in the Upper Valley.
“UVYP is very excited to take these next steps with UVBA,” said Brittany Brown, co-chair of UVYP who works at CHaD. “We hope to be able to provide more opportunities for young professionals going forward.”
The Upper Valley Business Alliance promotes sustainable economic growth in the Upper Valley region of New Hampshire and Vermont. UVBA's