For Immediate Release - July 17, 2014


Roundtable Discussion with Cape Cod Young Professionals

Governor Patrick discusses increasing access to opportunity statewide at a roundtable discussion hosted by the Cape Cod Young Professionals. (Photo: Jun Tsuboike / Governor's Office)

SANDWICH – Thursday, July 17, 2014 – Governor Deval Patrick today joined members of the Cape Cod Young Professionals (CCYP) for a roundtable discussion to recognize and support their work of connecting, engaging and advancing Cape Cod’s future workforce. The discussion centered around making Cape Cod an attractive place for young professionals to live and work, and how government can help assist community, professional and civic organizations in that endeavor.

“Organizations like the Cape Cod Young Professionals are a valued partner in the Administration’s efforts to support civic engagement in our communities,” said Governor Patrick. “We remain committed to helping build the talented pipeline of leaders ready to compete in our global economy.” 

Last month, at the Cape Cod Young Professionals’ 3rd Annual Community Breakfast in Hyannis, Housing and Economic Development Secretary Greg Bialecki announced a $50,000 award from the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative to the CCYP. The award is being used to boost CCYP’s Career Connect Mentor Exchange project, which provides support to entrepreneurs and career development assistance to residents across Cape Cod. The funding will also be used by CCYP to expand programming to address a broad set of career and professional development challenges by providing mentoring services to those starting a business, to workers just starting a career or switching jobs, for residents who are new to Cape Cod and looking for insight into the business environment, and for those looking to expand their business network.

“Supporting entrepreneurship and mentoring programs is a critical piece of our economic growth strategy,” said Secretary Bialecki. “We are delighted to support the region’s workforce and support start-up business growth among the Cape’s young professionals.”

CCYP is the only nonprofit organization of its kind serving Cape Cod. Established in 2005 to strengthen career opportunities and citizenship of the next generation of workers and leaders on the Cape, the organization now has over 850 members, 75 business sponsors, 80 volunteers and two full-time staff members. CCYP plays a pivotal role in connecting young professionals through job and internship postings, career and social networking events, civic engagement activities and scholarships.

“CCYP is thrilled for the opportunity to thank the Governor for his support of our initiatives, including the Career Connect Mentor Exchange Program, and we are proud that this program is attracting attention at such high levels,” said Anne Van Vleck, Executive Director of CCYP. “With new state funding, this Mentor Exchange program will be building talent and empowering Cape Cod’s economic viability.” 

Earlier on Thursday, Governor Patrick attended the groundbreaking ceremony for the Market Street Extension Project in Mashpee Commons, an infrastructure project that will create a 382-unit housing development. The project, supported by a $901,250 MassWorks award, will provide the local workforce and young talent, such as those engaged in the CCYP, with affordable housing options.

In April, Governor Patrick announced an economic development package that provides new tools and training so the Commonwealth’s workforce is prepared to meet the needs of employers, invests in its Gateway Cities to promote development across the entire state and provides incentives to create jobs and stimulate the economy.

The bill supports the future workforce of the innovation economy by investing in internships and mentoring programs to ensure that the pool of potential employees in the Commonwealth is trained and experienced in our high tech industries. The Innovation Institute leads Mass Tech’s entrepreneurship initiatives. The internship program provides grants to qualifying high tech companies to hire interns, providing students with experience and networking opportunities. The mentoring program provides entrepreneurs across the Commonwealth with access to advice and support.

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