Leaders in Fayetteville’s millennials community want to move on to the next chapter.
The city’s Millennial Advisory Commission will ask the Fayetteville City Council on Thursday to approve a new name and new mission statement for the commission tasked with keeping younger adults in the area once that graduate and pursue their careers.
The council will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at City Hall.
Members of the commission will ask approval to rebrand the commission as the Fayetteville Next Advisory Commission.
Along with the proposed name change, the commission has a new mission statement requiring City Council consent.
Malik Davis, chairman of the commission, said he hopes the changes will help the board reach out to more people in the community.
“We took the word ‘millennial’ out because it limits us to just the millennials,” Davis said. “Because we’ll be aging out, and we’ll be older.
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The commission’s target age group is 19 to 39, he said.
“Our goal is to reach the target age group, 19 to 39, in our area to promote an environment — a fun environment for our age group and create a space where they feel like they can have a good time in Fayetteville and not always have to go to Raleigh or go to Charlotte to have fun,” Davis said. “They can also learn about the city of Fayetteville.”
Members of the commission also want to help people in its focus age bracket with issues such as mental health, he said.
“There are not enough jobs for our age group,” Davis said. “The problem they found is they get their degrees in the city and then they leave the city because there are not enough jobs to keep them here. …
“People I grew up with moved to the Raleigh and Charlotte areas because there’s more stuff to offer,” he continued. “The housing is another issue. We can’t really afford the housing. And that’s pretty much almost everywhere. If the salary isn’t right, of course, they can’t afford to live.”
The commission is scheduled to meet again at 6 p.m. Feb. 16 in the Lions Civic Center at 725 W. Rowan St.
The public is invited to attend.
Davis says the 30-member commission has openings.
“We have a variety of people,” he said. “Courthouse personnel, funeral home owners, military, small business owners, people from the corporate fields, even a bee farmer at this time.”
In March, the commission plans to host a forum on mental health and wellness.
The Millennial Advisory Commission was established in January 2018 as an offshoot of community meetings that Mayor Mitch Colvin held with people in the millennial age group.
Michael Futch covers Fayetteville and education for CityView. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.