Hundreds of young professionals have gathered in Meridian this week for two days of networking and professional development.
The Young Professionals of Mississippi is holding its first-ever statewide summit through Friday at the MSU Riley Center.
They'll spend their time getting to know each other better, and taking part in events designed to address the brain drain issue in Mississippi and why so many young people are leaving the state.
"I think it's a great sign to have 305 people and more trickling in to come to Meridian, Mississippi," said state chairman Fredie Carmichael. "That's how important this issue is. It's a great conference; it's very lively, but also very informative, very substantive. And it's going to continue to be that way."
Gov. Phil Bryant is scheduled to speak to the group Friday at noon at the MSU Riley Center.