Cities and towns paying remote workers to move

There’s something romantic about living in a small town. Imagine living a Gilmore Girls‘Stars Hollow fantasy where the restaurant owner in town knows your coffee order. As more companies offer fully remote positions, people are packing up and leaving town to pursue small-town life.

A number of smaller townships and cities across the country are seeking to incentivize knowledge workers to move, rewarding them with cash, tax breaks and even property.

These programs are an attractive option for people who cannot afford the real estate prices in major metropolitan areas. “We see a lot of people at the start or mid-career, often people who are thinking of buying a house or who have children, but are no longer priced in local markets,” says Evan Hock, co-founder of MakeMyMove, an online directory that connects cities. and remote workers.

But the benefits go beyond a city covering the closing costs of a new home, with quirky deals that hint at a desire to build community. In Greensburg, Indiana., parents can take advantage of the “Grandparents on Demand” package, which provides applicants with free babysitting hours. (And not just any babysitter, per the description on MakeMyMove, but “our friend Tami from the Decatur County Community Foundation and her husband (who also drives the school bus) happily offer babysitting hours and will participate to grandparents day at school.”)

Other cities offer free concert tickets or lifetime memberships to a local charcuterie cooperative.

Communities across the United States spend $70 billion a year to grow their economies, Hock says. In the past, this money was frequently used to encourage companies to move, but now the cantons can go directly to the distant employer.

“Now that millions of workers are geographic free agents, many of these communities are redirecting their funds to recruit workers directly. These teleworkers bring their family, their income, their purchasing power and their taxes. For a modest investment, the returns are huge,” says Hock.

People of different skill levels and industries have chosen this path, adds Hock, “If you can do your job at a desk, you can do your job at a desk anywhere.

Here are the top cities and townships that offer strong incentives to settle in communities, as compiled by data from MakeMyMove. Some of them might even have townships in Stars Hollow and quirky neighbors to befriend.

In the words of Carole King, where you lead i will follow you. Especially if your advance comes with a $10,000 cash incentive.

1 & 2. morgantown and lewisburgWest Virginia

The description: These West Virginia towns are packed with hikes and scenic views from nearby Appalachia. As John Denver once sang, “Bring Me Home, Backroads.”

Estimated Incentive Value: $20,000

Who is eligible: Applicants with full-time remote work at a non-West Virginia-based company

Package: A cash stipend of $12,000 and undisclosed gifts and incentives worth $8,000

3. Greater Rochester, New York

The description: Rochester is home to iconic brands and landmarks, such as Kodak, Xerox and Ragu, as well as the The National Toy Hall of Fame. One of the most affordable cities in New York, the only downside is as it snows he gets in that upstate subway. Although it may be a plus for snowshoe lovers.

Estimated Incentive Value: $19,000

Who is eligible: Full-time remote employees who live more than 300 miles from downtown Rochester, can work in the United States, and can relocate within six months of being accepted into the program

Package: A $10,000 relocation incentive and up to $9,000 in homebuyer incentives

4. Southwest, Michigan

The description: Less than 200 miles from Chicago, the town of Southwest, Michigan, is known for its scenic Lake Michigan beaches and big dunes which are visible from space.

Estimated Incentive Value: $15,000

Who is eligible: Full-time remote workers who work for an employer outside of Michigan

Package: A $10,000 mortgage incentive for those who move and buy a home worth at least $200,000. An additional $5,000 stipend will be offered if a candidate’s child is enrolled in a local public school

5. Noblesville, Indiana

The description: Just north of Indianapolis, this city has a historic downtown and covered bridge dating back to 1870.

Estimated Incentive Value: $15,000

Who is eligible: Adults eligible to work in the United States, who have a home within the city limits, and who are willing to move to Noblesville within six months.

Package: A $5,000 stipend to be used for moving expenses, plus additional local benefits including access to co-working space (valued at $3,000), local golf club membership ( worth $1,400) and a health and welfare allowance of $500

6. Montpelier, Vermont

The description: Vermont’s capital has beautiful hills and hiking trails as well as a thriving arts and culture scene.

Estimated Incentive Value: $15,000

Who is eligible: No eligibility conditions are indicated at this time.

Package: Remote workers will receive up to $5,000 per year for two years. Thereafter, applicants who choose to become full-time employees of a Vermont-based company are eligible for a maximum of $7,500.

seven. Newton, Iowa

The description: Formerly known as “Washing machine capital of the worldthis Midwestern city is now the site of the Iowa Speedway and home to a thriving arts community.

Estimated Incentive Value: $12,500

Who is eligible: Individuals buying a home in Newton worth $190,000 or more

Package: A cash incentive of $10,000 and local store discounts worth up to $2,500

8. Harmony, Minnesota

The description: Beneath this town is a limestone cave with passageways carved out by a local stream. Harmony is also home to a 10,000 square foot ancient mall and many cycle paths.

Estimated Incentive Value: $12,000

Who is eligible: Buyers new to the community

Package: $12.00 in cash back for buying a new home or renovating a dilapidated structure

9. Mattoon, Ill.

The description: A small town with an adorable downtown, Matton is also the home of the “Illinois Original Burger King”, a local family restaurant that is not associated with the fast food chain of the same name.

Estimated Incentive Value: $11,424

Who is eligible: Those who live 100 miles from Matton and have a household income of $45.00 or more

Package: In addition to $5,000 in cash to cover moving costs, you get a one-year subscription to a coworking space and six months of free internet, among other incentives to visit local stores and businesses.

ten. Topeka, Kansas

The description: This capital has it all: cute neighborhoods, leafy suburbs and a bustling downtown. The city has a few notable attractions to visit, including the Evel Knievel Museum and the Brown v. Board of Education.

Estimated Incentive Value: $11,000

Who is eligible: Those who work for an employer outside of Shawnee County can work in the United States and buy or rent a home within one year of moving.

Package: $10,000 to rent a house or $15,000 to buy one if new residents work locally in Topeka; remote workers receive $5,000 for rent and $10,000 to purchase a home. Those who move also get free Jimmy Johns.

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