Ascend West Virginia, the nation’s premiere talent attraction and retention program, today announced its inaugural class will soon pack their bags for Morgantown, the program’s first host city. Founded by West Virginia native Brad D. Smith and his wife Alys, Ascend will provide these pioneers more than $20,000 in incentives – and a path to ‘Almost Heaven.’ The program is now accepting applications for its next host city: Lewisburg.
“I’m honored to be the first to welcome this remarkable group to my home state,” said Brad D. Smith, Co-Founder of Wing 2 Wing and Executive Chairman of Intuit. “Modern technology and changing assumptions about work are finally liberating large numbers of knowledge workers from the office. When workers have geographic freedom, they look for a place that offers quality of life and experiences that make their lives outside of work more meaningful. In other words, they look for West Virginia! This inaugural class is a key first step in establishing West Virginia a top remote-work destination, and it positions us to attract talented, energetic new residents for years to come.”