Newark Regional Business Partnership exists to connect business for a greater Newark and we support efforts that serve to bolster our home city beyond the scope of 9-5 business. That's why we're excited to share that member company Audible, Inc. has decided to expand its innovative residential incentive and buy-local lunch programs.
These programs encourage Audible's workforce to fully integrate with the Newark community by choosing to live here, or to stay here if they already live here, and encouraging them to explore new eateries at lunchtime.
"Newark Now! Live Local", as the residential incentive program is called, was launched in 2017 with an initial group of 20 employees being selected at random to get a free year of rent at the (then newly opened) residences at the Hahne & Co. building. To incentivize even more employees to live in Newark, the program was scaled to provide all Audible employees living in Newark a $250/month subsidy, and combined the programs increased the number of Audible employees living in Newark by 40%. Audible just announced that starting this June, the program has increased to $500/month, thus allowing employees to keep even more of their income with the hope that they will put some of those dollars back into the local economy.
"Lunch Out Wednesday", as the buy-local lunch program is called, will subsidize 300 employees each week through the end of 2018 (for a total of 9,000 meals) to explore the city and eat at participating Newark restaurants.
These initiatives underscore Audible's commitment to Newark and scale its economic impact on the city by helping to catalyze further retail and residential demand.
Audible is open to engaging other Newark employers and brainstorming on ways that they too can encourage their employees to have a direct, positive impact on the city. If you're a member of NRBP, contact one of our Member Relations Managers today so that we can facilitate an introduction to the appropriate person at Audible!