“Today's generation has the opportunity to go anywhere and do anything,” Jordan adds. “Hiring managers need to understand that they can no longer just put an ad in the local paper. They have to get their message out to the entire country.”

At “Best Places to Work,” to take place Mon., Aug. 18 at 10 a.m., public works managers will share their programs for attracting and retaining employees.

It likely won't feature a “top 10” list of best places to work, because young professionals are looking for innovative departments, and that can happen anywhere.

The best places to work sustain morale. That's only accomplished if the agency encourages career development, Bilderback says.

“Younger employees hope to get support for professional advancement,” she explains. “There's a need for us to progress faster at that than in the past. Our work styles differ from other generations.”