young professionals

Courtesy Stay Work Play

A new survey of New Hampshire's younger residents seeks to understand what attracts -- and what deters -- this age group from sticking with the Granite State.

 

Researchers polled 420 people between the ages of 20 and 40. Only 19 percent of respondents said they definitely would not leave the state in the next two years and lack of affordable housing was a key concern.

 

Allegra Boverman/NHPR/Stay Work Play

Scott Crowder made sure to give a shout-out to his parents for instilling in him, as he puts it, “the inability to work for somebody else.”

They were fitting remarks for the person honored as New Hampshire's 2017 Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

Courtesy of Stay Work Play

Will Stewart arrived in New Hampshire, sight unseen, as a twenty-something in 2004. Now 38, he’s married, bought a home and is raising a child here.

In short, it’s exactly the scenario his new employer Stay Work Play wants to duplicate around the state.

Stewart will take over as executive director of the non-profit early next month.

Stay Work Play is dedicated to retaining and attracting young professionals to the state, doing so through events, partnerships and advocacy.