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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 12:40 pm

Regional Partnership to showcase job opportunities

The Journal Gazette

The Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership will welcome more than 70 students pursuing degrees in the insurance industry to the Fort Wayne area Friday and Saturday, part of an "inbound talent attraction visit."

The goal is to showcase job opportunities in the insurance industry and quality of life in the region, the Partnership said in a news release.

The purpose of the pilot program is to develop a model for attracting and retaining college students and graduates to northeast Indiana to support the region's seven target industries and connect students with the community and employers. Specialty insurance is one of those target industries.

Participating colleges and universities are Grace College, Illinois State University, Indiana University-Purdue University (IPFW), University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and University of Saint Francis.

Participating companies include American Specialty, Ash Brokerage, Brotherhood Mutual, Lincoln Financial and Swiss Re.

"The inbound student trip allows us to strategically attract a pipeline of talent to live and work in the region," said Parker Beauchamp, CEO of Inguard, which is also a participating company.

The group will meet Friday with regional employers and attend Middle Waves Music Festival in the evening. On Saturday, students will hear morning presentations from community and business leaders and end the visit by again attending the music festival.

Students will connect with young professionals from the Emerging Leaders Alliance, Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana and the UPSTAR Young Professionals Network while checking out the new Cityscape Flats downtown, according to a news release. Students will also hear from representatives with Greater Fort Wayne Inc., a chamber alliance.

The Partnership, whose goal is to increase business investment, will administer student perception surveys before and after the trip. Participating students' internship and employment patterns will also be tracked to measure long-term effects of the trip.

In August, the Regional Opportunities Council, the investor board of the Regional Partnership, voted to allocate $12,500 to help with program cost. Participating schools and companies also contributed financially.