organized by Campus Philly and Action Greensboro


organized by Campus Philly and Action Greensboro


November 12-14, 2024 | Philadelphia, PA



Across the nation, cities are realizing that talent will drive their ability to grow.

Small, mid-size, and large metropolitan areas have developed different strategies for building their talent pipelines: from focusing on college access and completion to engaging and retaining students studying at local institutions.

Young, Smart, and Local (YSL) is a national network dedicated to best practice around talent attraction, growth, and retention. Our upcoming three-day conference in Philadelphia will bring together leaders from economic development, higher education, business, government, and community organizations. With over 900 network members and an expected 250+ professionals in attendance, the 2024 YSL conference promises to be a vibrant hub for collaboration, knowledge exchange, and actionable insights.

The 2024 Conference will include keynote and breakout sessions focused on:

  • The future of work: how cities, businesses, and talent are reimagining work
  • Diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in growing cities
  • National trends, forecasts, and best practices in attraction, retention, and development
  • Benchmarking and measuring the impact of talent initiatives


Representatives from cities and metro regions who are committed to talent growth.

Who should attend:
  • Economic development professionals from city, state, and local governments and NGOs
  • Chamber of commerce leaders focused on talent and business growth
  • Human resource and recruiting leaders from major employers
  • Higher education leaders
  • Destination marketing leaders who focus on attracting new business, talent, and visitors to a region


We invite you to sponsor the Young, Smart & Local conference and play a pivotal role in its success. By partnering with us, you will align your brand with cutting-edge talent strategies and demonstrate your commitment to driving local and national impact.

Let’s celebrate the achievements of the Young, Smart & Local Network and pave the way for collective success together.

Interested in becoming a sponsor? Contact Jen Kebea, president of Campus Philly for more information:
Jennifer@campusphilly.org | 215-988-1707 | youngsmartandlocal.com