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On Millennials and Workforce

September 04, 20XX

Dear ___________,

I am a constituent who lives in your city/ district at ___________________. I'm writing to you today to encourage you to look into ways of increasing the scope of public transportation in our region.

It is imperative that Tarrant County, and Fort Worth especially, work to recruit Millennials (born roughly from 1981 to 1997) to come to live, work, and play in the city and region. As the Baby Boomer generation continues to retire at an increasing rate, Millennials will become the key to strong economic growth in any city. A city that fails to attract millennials will not thrive economically in the coming years, as its workforce will continue to shrink. Fort Worth and Tarrant County must do all that is possible to compete for this demographic. A key element to attracting this generation is a thriving, efficient, and comprehensive public transit system. Millennials are less likely to own cars or as many cars than previous generations, and they see public transit as crucial to their economic and social well-being. Furthermore, Millennials, regardless of economic status, already use public transit at higher rates than older generations; they are therefore more likely to try to reside in cities that provide comprehensive public transit. They are looking for transit systems that can easily and efficiently connect them to their jobs, appointments, families, and friends. Fort Worth and Tarrant County must commit to investing in, and improving, it is public transit infrastructure to provide such systems. Without it, the region runs the risk of losing an entire generation of the workforce.




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