Meet ystark! YP: Andrea Legg

Name

Andrea Legg

Occupation/Title/Place of work

Director, North Canton Public Library

Age

38

Why are you interested in Stark County’s Young Professionals initiative?

Communities that thrive and grow are those communities that find a way to retain their best and brightest assets -- their people! I love that Stark County's YP program seeks to cultivate this type of development.

What would you share to encourage other people to join?

We are all so busy juggling so many different deadlines, projects, and commitments. It would be easy to overlook some of the really valuable resources and opportunities in our area that are just waiting for us to discover them. YP has really helped to open my eyes to what's out there in terms of potential partnerships and future collaboration opportunities.

Did you grow up in Stark? If so, where? If not, where did you move from and why?

Yes! I grew up in the Canton/Massillon area. I attended St. Michael's elementary school, Central Catholic High School, and even stuck around to attend college at Malone University.

Why do you stay in Stark County, from both a personal and professional point of view?

I currently reside in Dover with my family but have returned to the Stark County area to work after being appointed as the Director of the North Canton Public Library in April. I am so very excited to be back. Stark County is brimming with so many new ideas, exciting opportunities, a tremendous amount of growth. It's a wonderful feeling to be working within a community that you know is thriving.

What do you like MOST about Stark County?

I love that there is so much to do and see. We've got so many beautiful parks and trails, entertainment options, restaurants, small businesses, schools, universities... it's grown so much since I was a child growing up here in the '80s and '90s.

What would you change about Stark County if you could?

I wish some of the abandoned buildings and areas could be revitalized. There is so much potential out there.

What do you see as valuable opportunities for YPs in Stark County when it comes to career opportunities, cultural access, leadership or community involvement opportunities?

I think anytime a mentoring program exists, to help acclimate new YPs into a business or into the community in general, everyone wins. New YPs have a voice of guidance and insight to lean on, and it helps YPs in growing their social and professional networks as well.

What would attract more YPs to Stark County?

I think Stark County is already doing a really great job attracting YPs to the area. I think continuing to branch out and offer new and cutting-edge job opportunities, as well as remaining committed to cultivating diverse and inclusive workplaces, will help our area even more in the future.

What do you do in the evenings or on the weekends for fun in Stark County or NE Ohio?

I love exploring parks and walking trails with my son. I also love trying out new restaurants (and visiting my old favorites!) and hearing live music.

Could you see yourself spending your lifetime in Stark County and if not, what would cause you to leave?

Yes!