Keeping professionals in Cheyenne

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) While the events at the business expo should keep people plenty busy...one of the more important aspects of business week is networking for local professionals.

This year, one of the benefits of all that networking is figuring out ways to keep young professionals in the area.

"For those young individuals coming out of college, leveraging their skill sets they have.

Some of them are amazingly bright and it's great when you can capture them and keep them here," Western Vista Credit Union's President, Steven Leafgreen said.

Western vista credit union is one of the participating businesses at this year's expo, and 60% of its workforce are millennials.

The company's CEO says it's easier to hire millennials by adapting to the times. Things like changing how to use sick time, starting casual Fridays, and creating more diverse workplaces.

CEO Leafgreen believes Cheyenne is in a good place to make these changes.

"I think you can make an impact here much easier and far greater than you can in larger communities, and that's really what i like about Cheyenne," Board of Public Utilities Director, Brad Brooks said.

While this week's expo focuses on business---some of the talks Tuesday centered on the need for more affordable housing for the area's future employees.

According to the Cheyenne chamber of commerce...there are currently less than 300 homes for sale in Cheyenne.