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HALIFAX, Nov. 17, 2015 /CNW/ - This morning the Halifax Partnership and Halifax Mayor Mike Savage unveiled the Game Changers Action Plan, challenging thousands of Halifax business leaders to hire youth and become Game Changers.
"It's time to make a change and help more young people call Halifax home," says Mayor Mike Savage. "Halifax's business community and the public sector have a shared responsibility to make sure our youth have opportunities to work, live and succeed in our city."
The Game Changers initiative is based on the Halifax Partnership's Youth Retention study, released in October. The Partnership found that each year on net, Nova Scotia loses 1,300 young people between the ages of 20 and 29. This out-migration of talent costs the province an estimated $1.2 billion in lifetime after-tax income and an estimated $46.4 million in net future taxes.
For the next three years through Game Changers, the Halifax Partnership will connect businesses with the resources they need to hire, create co-op positions and help new graduates build professional networks in Halifax through their Connector Program.
"This is a huge opportunity to grow our our city, our province, our economy and our reputation," says Ron Hanlon, President and CEO of the Halifax Partnership. "Let's not let another year pass and lose the best and brightest talent to other provinces."
Businesses are encouraged to get involved with the campaign at HalifaxGameChangers.com
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About the Halifax Partnership
The Halifax Partnership is Halifax's economic development organization. We help keep, grow and get business, talent and investment in Halifax. We do this through leadership on economic issues, our core programs, our partnerships across all sectors and by marketing Halifax to the world.
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For further information: Media Contact: Krista Juurlink, Manager, Communications, Halifax Partnership, (c) 223-9170, (o) 490-7105, [email protected]