Formed in 2020, the Economic Development Office drives placemaking activities for industry partners, retains and grows existing businesses within the Purdue ecosystem, and attracts new companies to Purdue’s Discovery Park District and Purdue Research Parks. Our efforts lead to increased collaborations with established companies, support for startups and major companies that have licensed a Purdue University innovation, expansion of research partnerships leading to new technologies to advance our global society, and career opportunities for Purdue graduates. Our objective is to provide industry partners the tools needed to succeed. We can assist with:

“The Economic Development Office strengthens the purdue and Greater Lafayette ecosystem by recruiting established companies and encouraging Purdue-related startups. We bring them into contact with university and regional resources, and that’s easier than ever with Convergence, the business front door to Purdue university.”

– Emily Najem, VP Economic Development and Corporate Counsel

Emily Najem
Vice President
Kaitlin Duran
Senior Director & Real Estate Counsel
Kim Allen
Senior Director – Real Estate and Business Development
Jon Ferency
Senior Strategic Director – Real Estate and Business Development
Alex Hancock
Manager, Real Estate and Business Development
Tarrah Egelhoff
Leasing Director
Katie Anderson
Executive Assistant