2017 Bright Idea
Winners:
County of Manatee, FL
January 1, 2017
Jurisdiction:
Florida

The Manatee Millennial Movement (M3) is an interdepartmental coalition of government employees working to speak out, address, and solve the problems that affect their generation. Membership focus is on millennial employees, whose voices are often not heard in a workforce and government that is largely made up of baby boomers. The problems present in Manatee County mirror larger trends in the nation: an aging workforce of boomers set to retire, without the influx of new employees to replace them, and a lack of affordable housing options to draw in younger workers and encourage them to settle their roots in the community. M3 is unique in that its member base starts from the county, sparking development and collaboration between departments. Its goals are far-reaching, which allows for the incorporation of private citizens and businesses all working together.