In November 2009, students from the University of Rochester, Cornell University, and Syracuse University gathered for a weekend-long collaborative brainstorming session called Work/Play/Stay//Mitigating Bright Flight: How to Retain Graduates in the Upstate Region. Join University alumni, parents, and friends for an evening with the Rochester students and faculty who participated in that session. There will be a panel presentation, a video, and a discussion about the bright flight issue and potential solutions.
According to U.S. census data analyses by the New York Times and the Brookings Institution, the population of young adults in upstate New York has been declining at an unprecedented rate. Between 1990 and 2004, the number of 25-to 34-year-old residents in the 52-county Upstate region declined by more than 25 percent. In the Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, and Binghamton areas, the decline was more than 30 percent. The rates of emigration were found to be highest among college graduates and termed bright flight.
What implications do these trends have on the well-being of upstate communities? What can be done to mitigate this exodus? Please join us in a discussion of the causes and possible solutions to the so-called "bright flight" phenomenon.
Following the program, enjoy a reception sponsored by the Office of Alumni Relations. Admission is free. Advance reservations are required.
To register, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 877.MELIORA (877.635.4672) or register online now.