Recruiting And Retaining Young Talent

August 16
Duration: 1 hour

The public sector is a great place to work even though it can’t always compete with the pay and benefits offered in the private sector.  But how are state and local governments getting this message across to those who could be the next generation of great government employees?  And once this talent is on board, how are they being kept motivated and interested in public service?  

In Albuquerque, New Mexico, the city is using its Public Service University to give interested young employees supervisory experience they wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity to obtain and is also piloting a hiring program using the WorkKeys Assessment, a test that measures skill and ability to succeed in certain positions, in an effort to find the right people for a number of jobs.  In Boulder County, Colorado, a Leadership Academy is being used to train talented young employees leadership skills they’ll need to advance into supervisory and managerial positions—and it’s giving senior employees the opportunity to share their knowledge.  Recognizing the desire of young employees to fill leadership positions, a motivated pair of young employees in St. Louis County, Missouri, formed the St. Louis County Government Young Professionals Group to bring together passionate, young government workers who are eager to gain skills for advancement.  And in Montana, managers have become mentors and are actively challenging young people to help them develop leadership skills that can lead to new opportunities within the state.

Join GOVERNING's editorial staff on Thursday, August 16 at 2 p.m. ET for a live, interactive online forum as we discuss how cities, counties and states across the country are working to recruit and retain the best and brightest for government employment.

This online forum will cover:

  • Creative methods for training future supervisors and offering skill building opportunities
  • The necessity of giving young employees meaningful challenges and finding mentors who can guide them in the early years of their career
  • How to use the WorkKeys Assessment to find and hire the right people for a variety of positions, from entry-level to executive-level
  • Integrating young talent into the community they serve to peak interest in public service


Tod Newcombe

Featured Speakers:

Heather Kerrigan

Ryan Evans
Finance Manager
Office of the Governor
Budget & Program Planning
State of Montana

Jana Peterson
Director of Administrative Services
Boulder County, CO 

Mike Smith
Public Service University
City of Albuquerque, NM   
Katrina Sommer
Sr. Community Development Analyst
Office of Community Devt
St. Louis County, MO

For questions or details, contact:

Jeremy Smith

Registration Coordinator
800-940-6039 ext. 1402

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