For remote workers considering a change of place, Purdue is extending an especially compelling invitation to live and work in the heart of their West Lafayette campus. The Purdue Research Foundation is recruiting remote workers to come live in a first-of-its-kind, living community located in the heart of Purdue’s Discovery Park District. The program aims to give remote workers the opportunity to take advantage of the rich academic, research, entertainment and cultural assets and opportunities offered by a world class institution.
“Now that pandemic-induced remote work has given more people more freedom and control over where they can do their jobs, we’ve created a community to welcome newly mobile talent to the Purdue campus, where we aim to provide life-enhancing amenities and boundless opportunities for professional success. Purdue is a hub for innovation, discovery, talent and collaboration and we want to invite people from all over to come be a special part of the Boilermaker community,” said David Broecker, Chief Innovation and Collaboration Officer at Purdue Research Foundation.
Discovery Park District is a thriving 400 acre research park located in West Lafayette, Indiana that offers R&D facilities in the areas of defense/aerospace, animal health, life sciences, agricultural innovation and advanced manufacturing. Operated by the Purdue Research Foundation, it also includes a plethora of drop-in and coworking spaces as well as private offices and conference spaces. Additionally, it contains both a thriving urban village and residential neighborhood complete with new luxury apartments, single family homes, and townhomes that are all a short walking distance to shops and restaurants.
Qualified candidates do not have to be affiliated in any way with Purdue or work with the University. They do, however, need to meet certain qualifications, which include being a remote worker, having the ability to move in the next 6 months, and committing to living in West Lafayette for a minimum of one year. 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 will live elsewhere in West Lafayette but can still take advantage of the full array of program offerings.
Other benefits offered by this program include:
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
Nationally, Purdue is ranked third in producing new companies based on university created innovations and fourth for developing basic research into new technologies. Purdue creates 25 start-ups per year and produces 78 U.S. and global patents and 131 licensing deals annually. Last year, Lafayette was ranked first as the top college town to start a business and in 2018, was ranked second by Forbes as one of the "Best Small Places for Business and Careers."
Working in partnership with the Purdue Research Foundation, remote worker relocation platform MakeMyMove.com is handling the entire marketing and recruitment process, including candidate interviews. On site visits at the Discovery Park District are scheduled for June 3.
“This is the perfect time for a live and work neighborhood at Purdue, which is truly an unprecedented opportunity for remote workers to utilize campus facilities and resources, while living and recreating in a highly desirable college town,” said Bill Oesterle, co-founder of MakeMyMove.com.
Remote workers interested in this program should contact MakeMyMove at: https://www.makemymove.com/get-paid/west-lafayette.
About Purdue Research Foundation:
The Purdue Research Foundation is a private, nonprofit foundation created to advance the mission of Purdue University. Established in 1930, the foundation accepts gifts; administers trusts; funds scholarships and grants; acquires property; protects Purdue's intellectual property; and promotes entrepreneurial activities on behalf of Purdue. The foundation manages the Purdue Foundry, Purdue Office of Technology Commercialization, Purdue Research Park, Discovery Park District, Purdue Technology Centers and University Development Office. In 2020, the IPWatchdog Institute ranked Purdue third nationally in startup creation 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.
MakeMyMove is the nation's first and only marketplace that matches remote workers and their families to communities across the country offering relocation incentives. MakeMyMove was founded by Bill Oesterle, co-founder of Angie’s List.
Remote work has freed millions of Americans to live where they want, and many are making the move to places that better match their lifestyle. In turn, cities and towns across the country are offering incentives like cash, perks and programming to remote workers who move and work from their communities. At MakeMyMove, you can explore all the places, get personalized help to find the one that’s right for you, connect with locals, and access support to make your move a piece of cake.