Check out the feature in today's Alive! on the Chamber's Young Professionals' Manager Robbie Banks:
Attracting and retaining young professionals has been a hot topic among Columbus
leaders for several years, and the city's ability to nail down a strong
workforce will shape its future in coming years. One person devoted to that
project is Robbie Banks, an ambassador for the Columbus Chamber.
I was born and raised in Columbus. My whole life. I grew up on the South
Side, and then in high school we moved to Olde Towne East. I currently reside on
the South Side, the Children's Hospital area.
My job at the chamber is to wake up every day thinking of how to make
Columbus a stickier city for young talent. Our focus, since I've been here, has
been on retention in all aspects. You know the old saying, "It's much easier to
keep a customer happy than it is to attract a new one."
The key to success for anyone is building relationships.
I feel like this position was my calling. I feel like I'm a great advocate
and spokesperson for Columbus and why it's so great. I'm truly homegrown. I've
actually left Columbus, but not to live. I have left for vacations. [Laughs]