About Us

Harrisburg Young Professionals (HYP) is a group of young, active, civic-minded professionals who have a clear vision of Harrisburg's future as a great place to live, work and play. We are part of a movement which is breathing new life into urban areas and lessening the negative impact of suburban sprawl. We are also working to prevent the migration of educated young people to larger cities (often referred to as "brain drain") and to encourage those who have left to return to the Central Pennsylvania region.


In the spring of 1998, five friends recognized the need for young professional men and women to come together and take action in the city of Harrisburg. J. Alex Hartzler, former president of HYP, explains, "Harrisburg is a city we believe is poised to experience a long overdue renaissance...The energy, enthusiasm and talent of the new members stand out as most encouraging for the city's future." The organization has grown rapidly and now has over 1,000 members.


HYP serves as a catalyst in making Harrisburg a better place to live, work, and play, while developing and retaining future leaders.


  1. Economic development and revitalization of the city of Harrisburg
  2. Promotion of diversity with HYP and the community
  3. Active volunteerism with the Harrisburg Community
  4. Social and business networking


The organization is led by a board of directors, all 40 years of age or younger. Within the board, there are the offices of president, vice-president, secretary, and treasurer.

There are currently 9 standing committees and two administrative committees. The chairpersons of the committees are nominated by the Nominating Committee and approved by a majority vote of the Board of Directors. The committees are:

Standing Committees

Administrative Committees

  • Finance Committee
  • Nominating Committee

A board of advisors includes representatives from CREDC, Harrisburg University, Gannett Fleming, Highmark, Metro Bank, and other local businesses.

Our Activities

  • Monthly social mixers at downtown restaurants
  • City beautification projects
  • Annual Home Tour
  • Volunteer opportunities for local organizations
  • Business recruitment and promotion for the city
  • Promotion of cultural and sports events
  • Monthly dinner club
  • Sports Leagues
  • Gallery nights
  • Plus lots more!

Becoming a Member of HYP

HYP seeks members of all ages who share the urban vision and want the region to support its capital city, and who are willing to act to make that vision a reality. It's easy to join!