Nicole L. Borda, an associate in the Litigation Section of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney's Harrisburg office, was recently noted in a number of articles focusing on Harrisburg. Borda, who serves as president of the Harrisburg Young Professionals, was quoted in an April 8, 2009, article published by the Central Penn Business Journal, as well as a May 14, 2009, article published by The Patriot-News. Both articles focused on the Central Pennsylvania-region and the importance of retaining, as well as drawing, young people to the area. 

In the Business Journal article, titled "Back in business: Midstate natives return to region," Borda said she has seen more people return to the area over the past three to five years and that there is a direct correlation between the number of people returning to the area and the number of businesses that choose to locate in the area.

Borda went on to say that the organization she heads, Harrisburg Young Professionals (HYP), is raising money in partnership with Harrisburg University of Science and Technology (HU) to create a scholarship for an area student to attend HU. She said the program operates on the premise that "creating a well-educated local workforce will help drive the economy and further increase opportunities."

The Patriot-News article also noted Borda's involvement with HYP. In the article, titled "State of the City's Neighborhoods," she discussed tips for Harrisburg's next mayor.

"The next mayor should offer incentives like tax-abatement programs so developers will build more housing," Borda said.

She went on to say that "the city must provide some incentives to lower construction costs. Developers then could pass those savings on to renters and homeowners."

With regard to people leaving the city when it comes time to start a family, Borda said, "There have been signs of great improvement, but you have to get people who are the young professionals to put kids in the schools and be involved to make a difference. I don't know how you fix that. It's hard to encourage people to send their kids to city schools."

The article noted that her group tries to set an example by promoting projects like book drives and mentors.

In addition to the May 14 Patriot-News article, Borda was noted in the May 24, 2009, edition for her recent involvement in the paper's "Best and Brightest Competition." The article said she recently served on the finalist selection committee. As part of the competition, the Patriot-News selects12 area-high school students based upon overall academic performance and community involvement and awards scholarships to those students. As part of the committee, Borda reviewed the applications of the finalists for the awards.