Abilene Industrial Foundation recruits young professionals to move to Abilene

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB) - Young people bring a vibrancy to a city and Abilene is becoming more vibrant everyday.  The Abilene Industrial Foundation is trying to get young people to move to Abilene or stay after they graduate college here and start their career.  They even have a Director of Talent Development, Shea Hopkins, who's job is to recruit young professionals, like Amy Carnes, to make Abilene their home.

Lubbock native, Amy Carnes, never saw herself in Abilene.

"I always thought I'd end up back there," Carnes said.

But after a family tragedy, things changed.

"My husband is actually born and raised here and about five years ago we lost his father to cancer and so we decided to move home to be closer back to his family," Carnes said.

And Carnes has never looked back.

"There's just something special about Abilene," Carnes said.

Carnes moved with her husband and two kids and according to Abilene Industrial Foundation Director of Talent Development, Shea Hopkins, Abilene is a great place for young families.

"There's really good schools here. There is affordability and there is a lot of access.  We have a lot of events for small kids," Hopkins said.

And even though Carnes has lived just about everywhere from Tuscon to Savannah, Georgia, she can't imagine being anywhere else.

"Abilene is home," Carnes said.

Hopkins is looking for all kinds of young people to make Abilene their home and The Abilene Industrial Foundation offers programs for young professionals in Abilene.  For more information about these groups you can visit their website.


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