Young Professional's Group

UMUF (Upper Mississippi Under Forty) is a young professional’s group following the precedent set forth by YP (Young Professionals) Iowa. “YP Iowa's mission is to serve as a mechanism to empower emerging leaders to cultivate an environment that attracts and retains young professionals in the state of Iowa.”

The Upper Mississippi Under Forty group began meeting in early 2016 with members from Fayette, Clayton and Delaware counties. The group’s primary focus is to connect young people that live, work and play in Upper Northeast Iowa. The group will host engaging social events that inform participants of their critical role in the growth of their communities. “Since moving back home, I’ve grasped the disconnect between people my age and the needs of the community,” said Jenna Pollock, UMUF member. In 2017, UMUF will host three events. The group will be reaching out to regional businesses to connect with their young workforce. “There are several hundred job openings in the region, but it’s hard to find housing let alone the right balance of a well-rounded lifestyle when you’re new to an area.”

Pollock went on to say, “I hope we can first and foremost help establish a social network for new and returning young people in the community, bring some awareness to what YPs need to be able to live in a rural region and make some connections with what communities need from young professionals.”

UMUF will host their first event, a Trivia Night, on April 14th beginning at 7pm at the Irish Shanti in Gunder. There will be trivia, $1 canned beer, Burger Sliders special and ½ off appetizers. At the end of the day the Upper Mississippi Under Forty group wants to help connect young people, while having fun, and carrying the potential to affect positive change on their communities in Northeast Iowa. For more information contact or on facebook @uppermiss40.