IndyHub to host welcome party, connect new residents to organizations and instill sense of belonging

Location of where an IndyHub party will be taking place on Nov. 4, 2021. (WISH Photo)

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WISH) – There will be a welcome party for people who are new to Indianapolis hosted by IndyHub on Thursday.

It will take place at 16 Tech in the AMP from 4-7 p.m.

IndyHub President and CEO Blake Johnson told News 8 the goal is to get people connected, involved in organizations and provide them with a sense of belonging in the city.

The welcome party will include 12 organizations, including the Cultural Trail, sports team personnel like Boomer from the Indiana Pacers and young professional groups.

There will be live music, art, special guests such as Indianapolis City Council President Vop Opsoli.

IndyHub primarily targets millennials and those who are Gen Z.

Johnson mentioned research shows the first 90 days are critical and that people are likely to move away if they haven’t connected with people or organizations.

“We’ve never done the welcome party ever before. This is our first-ever welcome party. I think it was born out of the idea that this last year has been tough and if you’re new to the city it’s probably been very very difficult,” said Johnson. “We wanted to provide some level of belonging and a place to connect for anyone who is brand new.”

The president and CEO added that 300 people have RSVP’d to the welcome party as of Wednesday morning and hopes to make this an annual event.