Brookings, S.D. October 29, 2018 – The Brookings newcomer program, Beyond Connections, will host a Welcome Social for new residents and community members on Thursday, Nov. 8 from 4 – 6 p.m. at Wooden Legs Brewing Company. The goal of the event is for new residents to network with others in the community.

“Whether you moved here three months ago or three years ago, we want to welcome you to the Brookings community,” said Stacy Aesoph, Brookings Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) director of workforce development and event organizer. “The social event is a great way for new residents to make connections, which is vital to retaining our workforce.”

This is the third Welcome Social the program has hosted within the last two years. It has been one of the most popular newcomer events with attendance ranging from 30 to 50 people.

Beyond Connections is a workforce development program of BEDC created to bring people together to welcome new residents, network and build relationships.

The event is free of charge. Those interested in attending the Welcome Social should RSVP to: by Nov. 7.

For more details about the Welcome Social, visit or the Beyond Connections’ Facebook page.

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