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March 17, 2018 in CCYP News

CCYP Releases 2018-2020 Strategic Priorities and Community Survey Findings

Cape Cod Young Professionals, Inc. (CCYP) is excited to unveil our new three-year Strategic Plan, and simultaneously share results from CCYP's first-ever Community Survey, created to gain insight into the top needs of Cape Cod’s 45-and-under workforce and residents. Special thanks to our committed Board of Directors, and to all 400 Community Survey respondents for helping to craft goals and priorities that will shape CCYP's work for the next three years. Read below for more on each of these exciting projects, and be sure to look for regular updates on our Strategic Plan progress right here on the CCYP website. We look forward to continuing to work with our members, supporters, and the community at large to improve quality of life and work opportunities for the Cape's young residents and workforce!

2018-2020 Strategic Plan

CCYP's new Strategic Plan will guide the organization's work for the years 2018 to 2020. The 2018-2020 Strategic Plan, developed under the leadership of CCYP’s Board of Directors and CEO, includes five (5) major strategic priorities:

  • Promote Cape Cod as a vibrant place for young people to live and work, year-round.
  • Advocate for policies and resources that positively impact young Cape Codders’ quality of life.
  • Provide opportunities for leadership and career development among Cape Cod’s 45-and-under population.
  • Provide high quality, mission-driven programs.
  • Sustain CCYP’s growth and plan for the future by nurturing donor and member relationships; investing in volunteer and staff development; and upholding exemplary internal management practices.
Ccyp Strategic Plan 2018 2020 Graphic

For those familiar with CCYP’s past work, the 2018-2020 strategic priorities will clearly speak to the organization’s longtime focus in areas like career development and community connection. In the coming years, however, the community can look for CCYP to strengthen its focus on policy and advocacy, and economic growth. CCYP’s three-year priorities also emphasize a strong commitment to best practices in organizational management and performance, as well as cultivating relationships with volunteers, members, and donors.

CCYP leadership incorporated feedback from the Community-wide Survey, distributed in early 2018, to help craft the new three-year priorities.

2018 Community Survey Results

CCYP’s first-ever Community Survey solicited input from both CCYP members and the community at large to identify the foremost needs and concerns of Cape Cod’s young residents and workforce, particularly those aged 45 and below. The survey was designed to gauge how this population’s needs may have changed since completion of the CCYP-commissioned “Shape the Cape” Survey in 2014. The Shape the Cape Survey, completed by the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy at Northeastern University, found that a lack of housing, insufficient higher education opportunities, and not enough social activities were the primary reasons why young residents had moved off Cape Cod.

In CCYP’s 2018 Community Survey, a total of 400 respondents identified what they need the most in order to successfully live and work on Cape Cod. The top five needs, in order of the percentage responding for each, were:

  • Housing affordability/availability (33%)
  • Job advancement opportunities (32%)
  • Policies that support living and working on Cape Cod year-round (31%)
  • Child care affordability (23%)
  • Recruitment of quality employee candidates (21%)
Top Needs To Live and Work on Cape Cod

The 2018 Community Survey also asked respondents where CCYP should focus its future efforts. The top five responses, along with the percentage responding for each, were:

  • Promoting Cape Cod as a Vibrant Place for Young People to Live and Work (55%)
  • Advocating for Policies & Resources that Improve Quality of Life for Young Cape Codders (43%)
  • Developing the Next Generation of Board/Committee Leaders & Elected Officials (37%)
  • Business Development Training/Support (37%)
  • Connecting Community Members (34%)

Moving forward, CCYP aims to keep a pulse on the needs and perceptions of Cape Cod’s young residents and workforce by conducting a community-wide survey every other year. A full executive summary of results from the 2018 Community Survey is available for download here.