One-of-a-kind program invites remote workers to move to Purdue University

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‘Work From Purdue’ program offers incentives and resources to start a new life in West Lafayette’s tech hub

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Remote workers looking for inspiration and community may find their answer on a college campus with all the connections, activities, food and diversity it has to offer.

Work From Purdue, a one-of-a-kind program, invites and inspires remote workers to relocate to Purdue’s Discovery Park District, a live/work community that unites the collaborative and invigorating energy of a campus with the remote working flexibility. From cash stipends to $1,000 restoration credit at the Atlas Family Marketplace in the newly renovated Purdue Memorial Union, Work From Purdue’s various relocation packages are designed to help new residents get the most out of their new home from day one.

After all, college campuses provided the model for today’s large corporate complexes. Represented by brands like Amazon and Google, the modern corporate campus ensures that employees are never far from an inspiring change of scenery, an invigorating workout or an exciting lunch. The designs recognize that people can perform at their best when united by common goals and fueled by collaboration.

Anticipating the new future of work, Purdue is offering the same kind of benefits to remote workers looking to change locations. Like the corporate campuses they inspired, universities were designed to nurture their residents both on and off the clock, and Purdue, consistently ranked in the top 10 most innovative colleges in the nation, is the only university to design such a forward-looking future and work lifestyle for people working remotely.

“Relocating through the Work From Purdue program has been nothing but positive and rewarding,” says Gwendolyn Price, founder and CEO of a tech start-up, who moved to West Lafayette in January. “The campus is beautiful, my workspace is close to my home, and they keep me informed of community events. I attended a football match, attended professional and social dinners, attended conferences. I even attended a barbecue at President Mitch Daniels’ campus house.

Residents moving to West Lafayette under the Work From Purdue program will have access to the Convergence Center for Innovation and Collaboration, including discounted access to Carr Workplaces. (Photo Purdue University/John Underwood) Download image

Through the program, remote workers from outside Indiana can relocate to the Discovery Park District at Purdue. Home to research facilities in some of the world’s most vital areas of innovation, the neighborhood also offers luxury apartments, single-family homes and townhouses. During work hours, residents will be minutes from Carr Workplaces and Purdue Foundry, Purdue’s hub for startup innovation; after hours relaxing fire pits, world class lectures or a Broadway show are just steps away.

No affiliation with Purdue is necessary, but eligible applicants must work full-time remotely; currently reside out of state; and commit to living in West Lafayette for a year. All eligibility requirements are available on the program webpage.

Incentives will vary depending on where applicants choose to live in West Lafayette; relocation packages may include up to $4,000 in cash relocation benefits, $1,000 in restoration credit on the union’s Atlas Family Marketplace, and other housing discounts.

New residents will be eligible for professional development and networking opportunities through Purdue Foundry and Greater Lafayette Commerce, as well as discounts on continuing education through Purdue Online and Purdue University Global.

Other lifestyle perks include free public transportation, discounted gym memberships, and access to family care tracing services, campus wireless, and Purdue Libraries.

“With pandemic-induced remote work giving people more freedom and control over where they can do their work, we have created a community to welcome new mobile talent to the Purdue campus, where we aim to provide life-enhancing equipment and unlimited opportunities for professional success,” said David Broecker, director of innovation and collaboration at the Purdue Research Foundation (PRF).

Work From Purdue is led by PRF and administered by MakeMyMove, an Indianapolis-based community marketing platform co-founded by Evan Hock and Bill Oesterle. Oesterle, a Purdue alumnus, former Purdue board member, and co-founder of Angie’s List, has experience creating areas for life and work. When Angie’s List changed location, it purchased the area and recruited a number of cutting-edge tech companies to take root in what is now an Indianapolis tech pocket, Elevator Hill.

Since May 2021, 28 people have already moved to West Lafayette as part of a pilot project and case study designed to test the success of MakeMyMove in a college community. MakeMyMove will manage candidate applications, recruitment and assessments.

“Building on the success of our pilot project last year, we are excited to expand the program and offer more remote workers the opportunity to immerse themselves in the legendary Boilermaker community,” says Evan Hock, co-founder of MakeMyMove. “Emerging as a leader in remote worker recruitment, this affordable Midwest tech hub is a must-visit for builders of all types.”

Purdue has a history of demonstrated performance that goes beyond educating and engaging its students. In 2020, Lafayette was ranked first as the best college town to start a business, and in 2018, Forbes ranked Lafayette second in its list of “Best Small Places for Business and Careers.” The Wall Street Journal named Purdue third in the nation for companies founded using university-sponsored research, behind only Stanford and MIT. Purdue Foundry reports an average of 43 startups launched per year between 2014 and 2021, and the PRF Office of Technology Commercialization reports an average of 165 patents issued and 121 licenses signed annually since 2011. Residents seeking the resources and know-how to generate their own innovation will be in the right place.

“This program welcomes participants from day one with all the benefits and experiences that Purdue is known for: world-class facilities for learning, research, meals and exercise; Big Ten Athletics; high-quality, low-cost life; a pervasive spirit of innovation and a welcoming Boilermaker community fueled by some of the world’s smartest students, faculty and researchers,” said Ethan Braden, executive vice president and chief marketing and communications officer for Purdue University and Purdue University Global.

Challenging expectations of what a college should be and do, Purdue was the only university and organization in the state of Indiana named a “Brand That Matters” by Fast Company magazine for its authenticity in pursuing cultural and commercial impact.

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The competitive dance team, Boiler Bhangra performs outdoors at Purdue University. Shows, farmers markets and demonstrations are just some of the events that someone can see while walking around campus. (Photo, Purdue University Marketing and Communications) Download Image

Beyond the resources and conferences to boost a professional career, remote workers may be drawn to the competitive cost of living in a Midwestern college town (26% cheaper than Chicago and 55% cheaper than San Francisco ) or the sixth best U.S. housing market in 2021, ranked by The Wall Street Journal and Realtor.com.

With the earned dollar going further, remote workers have more freedom to enjoy their community. In Greater Lafayette, that means access to Prophetstown State Park, local breweries, downtown festivals, farmers markets, or visiting the famous Triple XXX family restaurant. And with easy access to Indianapolis and Chicago, Greater Lafayette is at the center of campus and regional events.

Remote workers interested in this program should contact MakeMyMove at https://cities.makemymove.com/purdue.

About Purdue University

Purdue University is a leading public research institution that develops practical solutions to today’s toughest challenges. Ranked in each of the past four years as one of the 10 most innovative universities in the United States by US News & World Report, Purdue delivers groundbreaking research and groundbreaking discoveries. Committed to hands-on, online, real-world learning, Purdue provides transformative education for all. Committed to affordability and accessibility, Purdue has frozen tuition and most fees at 2012-13 levels, allowing more students than ever to graduate debt-free. Learn how Purdue never stops in the persistent pursuit of the next giant leap at https://stories.purdue.edu.

About the Purdue Research Foundation

The Purdue Research Foundation supports Purdue University’s land-grant mission by helping the university improve the world through its technologies and graduates. Founded in 1930, PRF is a private non-profit foundation. The foundation helps patent and commercialize Purdue technologies; builds places to encourage innovation, invention, investment, commercialization and entrepreneurship; and makes equity available to students to fund their education at Purdue. In 2020, the IPWatchdog Institute ranked Purdue third nationally for creating startups and in the top 20 for patents. The foundation received the 2019 Innovation and Economic Prosperity Universities Award for Place from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities.

About MakeMyMove

MakeMyMove is the nation’s first and only marketplace that connects remote workers and their families with communities across the country offering relocation incentives. MakeMyMove was founded by Bill Oesterle, co-founder of Angie’s List.

Writer and media contact: Christy McCarter, [email protected]

Sources: Ethan Braden, [email protected]

David Broecker, [email protected]

Evan Hock, [email protected]

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