Montgomery Leaders Reach Out to Young People With First "Showdown in College Town"

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By Brittany Bivins

Every year, thousands of students enroll in colleges based in Montgomery. Now, some city leaders and trying to convince them to stay here after graduation.

On Saturday, Leadership Montgomery held the first Showdown in College Town. The outdoor street festival included representatives from eight different area colleges and universities. Civic leaders say they want to show students what the city has to offer. They say they hope that will keep students from leaving for other parts of the state, after they finish school.

"If a student goes to school here and decides to leave, going back home, going somewhere else to take a job, then we've got to fill that gap with another student and start over, and if our economy keeps growing, there's going to be enough jobs for everybody," said Nancy Beggs with the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce.

It's a message geared toward people like Josh Posey, a student at Faulkner University. "It lets you get into the community a little bit, kind of get to know everybody, get to know some people outside of your school, people that are involved in the community, so I think that would be a good way to get that to happen," he said.

Leadership Montgomery organizers say they hope this is just the first of many events geared to reaching out to those students and encouraging them to put down roots locally.

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