In the next few years I might want to move to a new city with my wife. However there are two problems here: 1) I have developed a pretty decent social network here in my current city and I don't want to lose it. 2) The only social network I have in the new city is my family and a couple of college friends.
In the time I have to prepare, how should I best extend my current social network to the new city while shoring up the current network so that I the loss is minimized?
Extra information that is helpful here is that I'm a software consultant, so good portions (but not all) of my current network are comfortable with dealing with me remotely. And also because I'm a software consultant I currently have the ability to travel before I permanently relocate.
Note: I've answered similar questions in the past, but this is different because I hope to leverage my current social network to extend to the new city.