Greater Lafayette Newcomers Event to give sampling of community

Are you new to the community? Get plugged in at the Greater Lafayette Newcomers Event.

Posted: Oct 31, 2018 5:18 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Are you new to Greater Lafayette and looking to get more plugged into our community? Thursday evening, Greater Lafayette Commerce and Purdue Federal Credit Union have created a night just for new residents in our community. 

The Greater Lafayette Newcomers Event will bring together new residents and city organizations, including county commissioners, school superintendents, medical facilities, libraries, the arts and much more. 

The night is set up with a speed dating format. Newcomers will get four minutes at each community table and will rotate to get a sampling of everything our community offers. 

Greater Lafayette Commerce President Scott Walker said with a growing community, we need to invest in our newcomers.

"We have been growing, and continue to grow," said Walker. There's more people here today than there ever have been. There's an additional 4,000 people in our workforce compared to last year at this time. We know a lot of those people are new to the community and we want to welcome them. That's what this event is about."

Purdue Federal Credit Union president and CEO Bob Falk says they wanted the format of the evening to be fun and enjoyable.

"At the end, you've met 25 new members of the community," said Falk. "If you get engaged in our community, the community will give back to you. We know people who engage in this community tend to stay here, and tend to have a more enjoyable experience."

The event is in downtown Lafayette Thursday at 5:30. You must RSVP to Kelli Cornelius at Greater Lafayette Commerce at kcornelius@greaterlafayettecommerce.com.

"Not many communities roll out the red carpet for their newcomers," said Falk. "It's going to be a fun evening."

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