Arlington Attracts Millennials

Young workerIt's no secret. Arlington is where Millennials want to be. After all, we do have the fastest-growing number of Millennials in the nation. And they're not just young. They're highly educated. They're skilled. And they're creative. Even more — they're motivated to work hard, come up with new ideas and advance in the workplace. Many even start their own companies — and they do it here in Arlington because we have the resources to help them succeed. We like to say Arlington is young, hip and hungry.

Some of the most creative, brilliant minds in the country are located here, working for places like DARPA, the Office of Naval Research and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. After all, we wouldn't have things like GPS or cloud computing without Arlington minds — all of those things were created here. As a result, some of the nation's top research universities have also made Arlington home. Places like Virginia Tech's National Capital Research Center and the Arlington campuses of George Mason University and the George Washington University all offer graduate students the chance to interact with federal agencies or private technology companies to get the experience and connections they need to succeed.

Work spaceIn the workforce, Arlington millennials have the edge as well. Top companies like Deloitte, Accenture, Corporate Executive Board and Opower are looking for the best of the best, and Arlington's young, highly educated workforce is exactly what they want. What's more, there are plenty of networking opportunities and organizations, like Leadership Arlington's Young Professionals program, to help young employees find a perfect match. 

Instead of finding a job, many of Arlington's Millennials come here to create them — in the form of their own startups. And here in Arlington, we have the resources to make it happen. From coworking spaces and incubators to pitch competitions and networking events with VCs or federal project managers, Arlington's resources can help turn a great idea into the next big thing. 

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