A joint effort between the city of Washington and Washington Area Chamber of Commerce sparked interest for a group to present the city as a place crawling with employment opportunities for young professionals.

Community and Economic Development Director Sal Maniaci said the Washington Young Ambassadors will strive to make the community more attractive for professionals under the age of 40.

The group’s mission statement is as follows: The Washington Young Ambassadors will advocate for Washington as a place for young professionals to start and build a career and to look to provide opportunities for personal and professional growth and to market Washington as a thriving destination for employers.

Right now, the ambassadors have three main goals they’re hoping to accomplish: to host quarterly networking events, to hold biannual professional development workshops, and to implement a marketing plan.

The group will hold its first networking event, a happy hour, Thursday, Oct. 25, from 5-7 p.m. at Otis Campbell’s.

Maniaci said members are currently putting a Facebook page together.

“I think it’s important to showcase Washington as a town young people look (to) for opportunities to start and build their careers and as a thriving place for employers to expand their workplace,” he said.

Washington may be a hidden gem to some, he added.

“We do have a number of employment opportunities that students coming out of college may not know about,” said Maniaci, adding that Washington offers diverse employment opportunities.

Maniaci is hoping to capitalize on what Washington has to offer.

“We have a lot to build on,” he said.