WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)-Companies across the country have been jumping on the trend of recruiting remote workers. They do so by offering incentives to people if they move to their community to live and work. Now Purdue University is doing just that. The University wants remote workers to move to West Lafayette and live in the Discovery Park District.
"Remote work is here to stay there are tens of millions of people that can choose a new home so communities are going to start competing for that talent," said Evan Hock the Co-Founder of Make My Move who is helping Purdue recruit remote workers.
Purdue University is offering a variety of incentives. They include the following.
• Access to programming and entrepreneurial services through Purdue Foundry
• Discounts on select continuing education programs through Purdue Online
• In-state tuition designation for on-campus, in-person undergraduate programs
• Access to Purdue University libraries
• 50% discounts on co-working space in the Discovery Park District
• Proximity to Purdue’s R+D facilities and collaborators to work on shared interests
However, workers who want to take advantage of these perks have to check a few boxes.
"You have to have a remote job and you have to be able to bring that job with you," said Hock. "You need to be willing to relocate within the next 6 months."
The program also is only looking for people who live out of state. The goal of this program is to bring more people to the growing Discovery Park District.
"Currently if we look at the district itself when it is all fully built out in the next 5 to 10 years we are anticipating somewhere around 15,000 people that are going to live work and play in the district," said David Broeker the Chief Innovation and Collaboration Officer for Purdue Research Foundation. "It's hard to say how many of those people will come about through this program."
While these workers will help fill the many new apartment buildings and homes being built in the area, they will also help stimulate the local economy.
"If I recruit a remote worker they bring themselves their job all their tax revenue but also their local spending so it's an immediate economic impact," said Hock.
. A select number of candidates will receive move stipends up to $5,000 to live right in the Discovery Park District, where they are eligible for housing discounts of $750-$2500. Those not receiving the stipend can live elsewhere in West Lafayette but can still take advantage of the full array of program offerings. To learn more about this program click here.