The Erie County Young Professionals group deserves applause for its efforts to keep young people here in our community.
The news business is one that attracts fresh-faced college graduates, and this group gives them an opportunity to meet others who are in similar circumstances.
It's difficult in the best of circumstances to slow the "brain drain" that sends our children and grandchildren searching for jobs away from their families. The Young Professionals offers homegrown pros and new arrivals the chance to get together, trade stories, talk work or simply to get out of their office or apartment.
Someone like Dr. Barry Cover, who just finished a 34-year career in medicine in his hometown of Port Clinton, are too few and far between.
"I'm a hometown product," Cover said in a story last week about his career. "I've always wanted to come back ..."
Not only do we need more people like Dr. Cover to stick around, we want the Sandusky area to become a place where young people will feel comfortable making a home, regardless of where their roots originally were planted.
The Young Professionals, which started in the Erie County Chamber of Commerce and later moved out on its own with the blessing of the chamber due to limitations the chamber had no control over, is a vital part of the rebirth of this area.
We encourage area businesses to push their young talent to take part in the group.