Awesome event returns to connect new residents; Event returns to introduce people to Austin

Published 10:44 am Thursday, January 8, 2015

Austin is again looking to help connect new residents to the community.

The Austin Area Chamber of Commerce is inviting new residents to participate in a series of events designed to showcase Austin and better connect them to the community.

The second round of Awesome Austin events begin Jan. 15 and consists of three separate events that introduce newcomers to each other, community leaders and major aspects of the community. There is no charge to participate.



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“It’s a great way to learn about the community and connect with other newcomers,” Community Concierge Kristen Olson said in a press release. “We’re excited to show what Austin has to offer, sample some great food and make some new friends.”

The first Awesome Austin series was held last September and attended by 29 newcomers.

Awesome Austin is part of AustinWorks, a welcoming service formed through the chamber and Vision 2020’s Business Friendly Environment committee to address the loss of talented young professionals by connecting workers and their spouses to the community.

The program is designed to introduce and connect new employees and their families to Austin in the hope it will help people become a part of the community and make them want to stay in town.

As Community Concierge, Olson provides direct, personal assistance to newly employed professionals and their families, assisting them with housing, employment for the trailing spouse and connections to all family interests.

The program was developed through the Business Friendly Committee of Vision 2020 and is funded by the Hormel Foundation and major employers.

For more information about AustinWorks, the concierge services or to register for Awesome Austin events, contact Olson at the Chamber, 437-4562 or

Awesome Austin events:

—5:30-8:30 p.m. Jan. 15: Newcomers will meet the mayor and other community leaders and connect with other newcomers during a catered meal. They’ll then tour the ArtWorks Center and the Paramount Theatre during an evening focused on the Arts.

—6:30-9:30 p.m. Jan. 28: Newcomers will be able to come together over hockey, pizza and refreshments in the Papa Murphy’s Bear Den of Riverside Arena as the Austin Bruins take on the Minnesota Wilderness.

—12-1 p.m. Feb. 5: A bus tour will highlight Austin’s most notable sights. A box lunch will be provided from the Old Mill Restaurant.