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Green Tree provides opportunities for its young professionals

| Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, 9:02 p.m.

Green Tree is taking note of its population of young professionals.

Spearheaded by Councilman David Rea, the Green Tree Young Professionals was founded last month, giving young professionals the chance to network and work together.

“The borough recognizes that young professionals are one of our most valued assets,” Rea said. “It is a growing demographic in the borough.”

The plan, he said, is to have a rotating monthly schedule of professional development activities, social gatherings and volunteer work.

“We don't want it to be a happy hour every month, but we're not ruling that out either,” he said. “One month might be a roundtable discussion with speakers talking about a hot topic. The next month might be a happy hour, and the next, volunteer work.”

Rea said about a dozen young professionals attended the first meeting July 25, and a dozen more have emailed him since then. While it was originally intended just for Green Tree residents, the group has been opened up to the surrounding area.

Amy Cesario, 36, said the organization will help the borough.

“I think groups like this make Green Tree a better place to live and attract young professional individuals to the borough,” she said.

Rea said he got the idea from talking to residents.

“They indicated a need for more activities and opportunities for young professionals in Green Tree,” he said.

Cesario agreed.

“We need bright new young people to keep the borough growing and thriving,” she said. “I am hoping to get to know some new people and have a good time.”

The next meeting of the Green Tree Young Professionals is tonight, Thursday, at 7 in the Carlisle Social Hall, 825 Poplar St.

Megan Guza is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5810 or mguza@tribweb.com.

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