Economic Development & Government Affairs
PYP was founded on a purpose to be a voice for young people in our community to support local initiatives that create positive change for our community and young people.

Economic Development

Pensacola Young Professionals was founded on a mission to create change in our community by helping to bring the Maritime Park project to life. Since then, we’ve spent over a decade giving our members access to information and opportunities to educate themselves on the continued growth and economic development of our community.

Government Affairs

We are passionate about bringing causes and issues to our members that will help make Pensacola a better place to live, work, and play. You’ll find opportunities to get involved in these issues, learn about political candidates during our candidate forums, and exclusive access to conversations with our local government officials. 


Cause Support

We regularly poll our members on the latest issues that effect the quality of life of our membership and make a public stance in support or against.



We’re in the business of educating our members on the latest happenings that are important to our community and our young professionals.


Candidate Support

While we’ll support causes, we have a strict political policy ensuring that the organization does not endorse any specific candidate or political party.



Come with an open mind and positive attitude. You’ll get what you put in and you’ll get more as an active participant.

Upcoming EDGA Events

Check back soon for the announcement of our next networking events!
{PYP was a transformative force in my life as I navigated my uncertain post-college 20s. The founding members of PYP were mentors to me, recognizing my potential and entrusting me with meaningful projects like the Internship Pensacola program. By my early 30s, I’d learned more about leadership through PYP than any other avenue of my life, and had the privilege of helping mentor a new generation of members. My time on the PYP board, and my year as president, taught me how to work with and appreciate different types of people, and how to motivate and inspire myself and others. The value of the things I learned and the relationships I forged during my time in PYP simply cannot be calculated.
Jonathan Thompson
PYP Member 2007-2014
Thompson-Briggs Developers


Our EDGA Team leaders help shape our economic development & government affairs programming throughout the year. If there’s something you think we should be doing or you have a great location or opportunity, let us know!


Join the Team

We’re always looking for dedicated YPs to assist in the planning and execution of our EDGA programs. The EDGA team meets regularly. To learn how to be a part, email our EDGA leadership!

Justin Oswald

VP of Economic Development & Government Affairs

Trevor Schaettle

Government Affairs Coordinator

Shane Chadwick

Economic Development Coordinator