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Young Professionals Leaving Tri-Cities

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The youth is our future, But young professionals aren't staying in the Tri-Cities. The youth is our future, But young professionals aren't staying in the Tri-Cities.

RICHLAND, WA - The youth is our future, but young professionals aren't staying in the Tri-Cities.

Young professionals in the Tri-Cities say the area just doesn't have the things that draw twenty somethings and keep them here.

They say it's difficult to meet people their age here because there aren't many places where they can socialize.

Young professionals say they want a wider variety of local shops and a stronger nightlife scene.

They say most of the professional fields are dominated by older generations and the area is known for retirement, not people beginning their careers.

"The types of places that are open, the restaurants that are open, the bars that are open, the nightlife that's available to you, it's those types of things, which at the end of the day when you go home and you leave work and you want to hang out with new friends or meet new people, it's those types of things that really draw," said Ira Blossom, a young professional who works in Richland.

Blossom is a computer scientist who moved here from the east coast. He encourages companies to keep recruiting others like him.

The Tri-Cities Young Professionals organization also met with city officials to discuss developing areas like Vista Field to create more social centers.

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