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Innovation, economic development fueled young professionals in 2017

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In February the Business Journal plans to launch a monthly email newsletter for young professionals in Central Pennsylvania.

Young professionals, aka millennials, are a growing and vibrant slice of the region's workforce and business leadership.

In fact, when it comes to sheer numbers, they are overtaking their baby boomer and Generation X colleagues.

For a taste of what our new newsletter may cover in 2018, here are the most popular stories of 2017 involving young professionals:

1. Who made CPBJ's Forty Under 40 class for 2017?

As in past years, this year's Forty Under 40 class showcased accomplished young leaders who are impacting the places where they live and work. They were honored at an event at the Hilton Harrisburg hotel on Oct. 2.

2. Raw talent: Edible cookie dough shop propelled by faith-based program


Taylor Glessner and Tim Meyer are the duo behind Dough & Co., an edible raw cookie dough shop they hope to open in Lancaster. Only in their early 20s, Glessner and Meyer are defying a trend among millennials to steer clear of business ownership.

The team learned about entrepreneurship through a faith-based gap year program in Lancaster called OneLife, where Dough & Co. grew into fruition.

They originally hoped to open the shop this fall but had to push that date back, according to Dough & Co.'s Facebook page. They have yet publicize a new opening date.

3. Planning effort underway to remake Harrisburg's Market Square

The M&T Bank building, pictured, is adjacent to the Market Square Transfer Center at Second and Market streets in downtown Harrisburg.
The M&T Bank building, pictured, is adjacent to the Market Square Transfer Center at Second and Market streets in downtown Harrisburg. - ()

"Imagine a more pedestrian-friendly public plaza with water features and live music in the heart of downtown Harrisburg," reporter Jason Scott wrote. Harrisburg Young Professionals brought in a team of urban planners and land use experts to do just that in October.

Their efforts focus on the intersection of Second and Market Streets in the city, where, on one corner, there is a public bus transfer station while office buildings and hotels dominate the others.

HYP is known for development initiatives that bring together the public and private sector. A report gathering findings of the hired consultants as well as city officials and community investors is expected in March.

4. HYP names 2018 leaders

Suzanne Patackis
Suzanne Patackis - ()

Speaking of HYP, its new leaders were announced earlier this month. Longtime members Suzanne Patackis was named president. The other board members include:

  • co-vice president Jeff Copus, an art teacher at Harrisburg Academy and co-founder of Sprocket Mural Works
  • co-vice president Adeolu Bakare, an associate at McNees Wallace & Nurick
  • Kelsey Ireland, an associate at KPMG
  • Kara Luzik Canale, vice president of the Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC
  • Adam Porter, manager of Midtown Cinema, and co-founder of Startup Harrisburg and Provisions, a neighborhood grocery store in downtown Harrisburg.

5. Meagan Feeser: Good to be back helping to lead York

Meagan Feeser
Meagan Feeser

This profile about Meagan Feeser was included in the August edition of the Business Journal's monthly Women in Leadership newsletter.

After moving away from her native York for a time, she returned in 2010 to become a key figure in the city's revitalization efforts, leading Downtown IncYork City Pretzel Co. and, more recently, a new initiative called Give Local York.

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Becca Oken-Tatum

Becca Oken-Tatum

Becca Oken-Tatum is the web editor for the Central Penn Business Journal. Email her at Follow her on Twitter at @becca0t.

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