organized by Campus Philly and Action Greensboro


organized by Campus Philly and Action Greensboro


November 12-14, 2024 | Philadelphia, PA


Early-bird registration is now open. Group discounts are available.


Interested in presenting at the conference? Submit your session proposal by June 30, 2024.

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