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Ep. 132 Recruiting Young People to Small Towns with TJ Roney

Young people moving to our small towns—either coming back or relocating from somewhere else—is imperative not only so we know the newest slang but also to keep our towns growing and thriving. Having a person dedicated to bringing in new people and making their transitions easier is a proactive way to achieve this. We’re so excited to share this episode with our very own Relocation Specialist, TJ Roney!

About TJ:

My name is Taylor (TJ) Roney and I am the Relocation Specialist in Oakes, ND! I graduated from OPS in 2018 and then went on to NDSU for fashion and business. After pursuing a dream in Minnesota for a few years, I decided it was time to come back to Oakes and venture down a new path in life! It has been amazing being back here with all of my family and so many friends. I have many passions and hobbies that I enjoy spending my time doing, some of which include photography, sewing, ancestry, golfing, and jamming out to Taylor Swift (really any music!)

In this episode, we cover:

  • Why a pilot program is a great way to try out a new idea

  • What problems TJ solves as a Relocation Specialist

  • Why we can’t leave relocation efforts to employers

  • Why Gen Z are the perfect candidates to move to small towns

  • How to bring back people who have moved away, too

Links + Resources Mentioned:

Oakes’ Move Here Page:

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