Earlier this year, the state of West Virginia offered remote workers $US 12,000 ($AU 16,287) in cash if they relocated there for two years. Unsurprisingly, it was flooded with applications.
The talent attraction and retention program, dubbed Ascend West Virginia, was created by the state’s tourism department and Intuit Executive Chairman Brad D. Smith and his wife, Alys. Ascend WV announced Thursday that it has selected 53 people for its first “class” of remote workers moving to West Virginia.
Those workers, who hail from 21 different states as well as countries like Germany, will receive $US12,000 ($AU16,287) in cash, plus free outdoor recreation, the option to earn certifications through West Virginia University, and access to coworking space and networking opportunities.