Greater Fort Wayne rolls out new ‘Welcome Wagon’ program

(Darrin Wright/1190 WOWO 107.5 FM)

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Inside INdiana Business): Greater Fort Wayne Inc. has rolled out the welcome wagon for new residents to Allen County as a way to attract and retain talent for companies. GFW has launched the Onboard Fort Wayne program to help newcomers get plugged into the community.

“Most businesses do a great job bringing new employees on board and showing them the ropes in the workplace. Onboard Fort Wayne picks up where they leave off,” said Barry Schrock, director of leadership programs at GFW Inc.

The program was designed by a team of transplants to Fort Wayne and Allen County. GFW says they looked back at their own experiences getting acclimated to the community.

“We want people to feel welcome, get acclimated to the community, and thrive outside work just as much as they do on the job,” said Schrock.

GFW says the program is built on three pillars:

  • Welcome events where participants can meet other newcomers and learn about the community
  • “Community Connectors”—ambassadors who can serve in a concierge role, answering questions and guiding new residents to find their new local favorites
  • Online resources that serve as a 24/7 guide to the community

GFW says the program also serves as a resource for a newcomer’s significant other who may be looking for a job in the community. They can submit a resume at OnboardFortWayne.com, to be shared with local employers who have positions available.

“We want the whole family to be happy here,” Schrock said. “That’s such a critical aspect of retaining talent: not just one person’s job, not just quality of life, but making sure each individual in the family feels welcomed and supported.”

The program is available to all GFW Inc. member companies and their new employees.

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