Many West Michigan Natives are returning home for Thanksgiving this week. There is one local organization hoping to interest them in staying for good.

Hello West Michigan is hosting a special gathering Wednesday night at the B.O.B.

Hello West Michigan executive director Cindy Brown told WZZM-13:

It's a party with a purpose.

The event, called ReThink West Michigan, is a casual networking event aiming to convince area natives who moved elsewhere to relocate back to this community.

Brown says a compelling reason to come back is that many companies here are growing quickly and need talented workers, particularly in engineering and technology.

Admission is free for the November 26 event, which takes place from 5:30pm to 8pm at the B.O.B. Attendees just need to register beforehand at this link.