Gen Z and Economic Development

The B-N EDC would like new thinking on how B-N can retain a higher percentage of college graduates from B-N colleges/universities. Project consultants will identify what strategies have been successfully employed in other communities of similar size, geography, and employer base as that of Central IL and make prioritized recommendations to the EDC on what role it could play to achieve the objective.


  • Critical thinking/problem solving
  • Creativity & Curiosity
  • Strategic thinking
  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Some interest in economic / community development

Project Mentor

Andrew Bordewick
Andrew is an ISU Alumnus, has 13 years of experience in the financial services industry with work focused on marketing and product development. He has an MBA from Illinois State University and has consulted with primary and secondary schools on marketing, advancement, and development efforts. Other interests include playing music, running, and coaching junior high cross country.

Client(s) name(s):

Bloomington-Normal Economic Development Council (EDC)

Final deliverable format:

Strategic plan for how to retain young recent graduates to B-N. The strategy will include specific tactics.