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Full steam ahead: West Virginia’s program to pay people $12k to move to coal country gains momentum


Quintina Mengyan needed some air.
The client services director for online ticket marketplace Vivid Seats spent a year cooped up in her tiny Chicago-area apartment during the pandemic. Mengyan, who like most of America worked remotely , couldn't shake the feeling that something wasn't quite right in her life.

"I felt like I was missing something," she told the Washington Examiner. "I would move apartments every year, but I could never really find a place to call home."

On a whim, she and her boyfriend started exploring other places to live. That's when they landed on Ascend West Virginia’s homepage.

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