An Orlando Economic Partnership program is helping interns and new hires build connections through resources and networking opportunities. Started by the Partnership’s Central Florida Young Professional Advisory Council (YPAC), iGRO aims to attract, cultivate and retain young professional talent in the Orlando region. The two-month program, taking place during June and July each year, showcases Central Florida while offering support through mentorship and events.

Among one of the first iGRO programs was Florida State University student and Orlando native, Hannah Akil.

“The ability to spend time with up-and-coming business leaders and learn about why they found this to be a location for them to grow in their careers is invaluable,” said Akil. “I’m hoping the connections I make will open doors for me in the future.”

YPAC hosts events throughout the summer for iGRO participants to immerse and engage them in all that Orlando has to offer. One iGRO event was tailgating a MLS Orlando City Soccer game, which offered the opportunity for interns to experience one of the region’s exceptional professional sports and entertainment options. iGRO members also met with Ben Hoyer, founder of CREDO, a unique not-for-profit that uses proceeds from selling coffee to fund a local sustainability project.