Purdue University is offering newcomers cash stipends of up to $4,000 and a dining credit.
A university opens its doors, as well as all the amenities and activities offered by its campus, to teleworkers looking for new accommodation. As for the university itself, it is trying to capture additional revenue from a workforce sector that has grown rapidly during the pandemic.
Work From Purdue is presented by Indiana University as a one-of-a-kind program that encourages remote out-of-state workers to relocate to its Discovery Park district. The living/working community includes research facilities alongside apartments, single family homes, and townhouses.
Purdue is offering newcomers cash stipends of up to $4,000 and a dining credit of $1,000. The university’s sales pitch also points out that many of today’s cutting-edge companies have modeled their corporate complexes on college campuses, offering scenic views, cultural activities, and fitness and entertainment facilities. ‘Athletics.
“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.
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New residents must work full-time remotely, currently live outside Indiana, and commit to living in West Lafayette for at least one year. The amount of stipends and other incentives varies depending on where remote workers choose to live.
They will enjoy discounted access to private offices and meeting rooms at Carr Workplaces in the University’s Convergence Center for Innovation and Collaboration. They will also be eligible for professional development and networking opportunities through Purdue Foundry, a startup incubator, and the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce. Finally, the university offers discounts on continuing education through Purdue Online and Purdue University Global.
Work From Purdue is overseen by MakeMyMove, an Indianapolis-based community marketing platform that has already relocated 28 remote workers to West Lafayette as part of a pilot program. The company will manage candidate applications, recruitment and evaluations.