BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) and Forum 225 announced a partnership aimed at retaining area young professionals through civic involvement and volunteerism.

“Better engaging the region’s young professional population and connecting them to the job opportunities and lifestyle amenities here is critical in our ability to drive economic growth,” said Adam Knapp, president and CEO of BRAC. “Formalizing a partnership with Forum 225 gives BRAC’s investor businesses a powerful tool for young professional development, engagement, and retention.”

According to BRAC, the Baton Rouge Area has experienced net negative migration patterns for young professionals in six of the past seven years. BRAC officials said the same demographic is more positive about the region’s future than older cohorts.

“Forum 225 has always served as a welcome wagon of sorts to Baton Rouge’s young professionals,” said Morgan Almeida, president of Forum 225. “Our mission is to create opportunities for young professionals to grow philanthropically, professionally, and civically, and we believe that the more people we can engage in that mission, the more we can enhance the vitality of the Baton Rouge community.”

The first young professionals’ conference has been scheduled for May 26.

Forum 225 will offer corporate partner discounts to BRAC investors above the $1,500 level, according to BRAC.