Remote Workers: These Towns Are Giving You $10,000 in Cash to Move

The fabled Monongahela River flows between Morgantown  and Westover WV.
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The rise of remote work during the COVID-19 pandemic looks like a permanent trend, and municipalities across the United States are paying attention. Some of them are willing to pay big bucks — $10,000 and more – to convince remote workers to move there.

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The MakeMyMove website identified several U.S. towns that are offering financial incentives to lure more residents. The incentives range from cash and club memberships to recreation packages and mountain bikes.

Here’s a look at some of the towns listed on the MakeMyMove website, where you’ll find information about requirements and how to apply. In most cases, you will need to be at least 18 years old and either be employed full-time or willing to accept full-time work.

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Tulsa is more of a city than a town, with a population of over 400,000 to rank second in the state behind Oklahoma City. The inTulsa career site has a program that connects technology professionals to employers for both remote and in-office opportunities in engineering, sales, operations, marketing and more. Eligible applicants outside the state of Oklahoma can claim as much as $10,000 in relocation incentives if they are placed in a new position by inTulsa.  

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Ruston, Louisiana

Ruston is a college community in North Louisiana that is home to Louisiana Tech University and nearby Grambling State University. In addition to a thriving downtown, the area has numerous outdoor recreation options. The community’s incentive package for remote workers who relocate to Ruston includes a $10,000 grant awarded over a three-year period as well as free lifetime Alumni Foundation memberships for returning Louisiana Tech Grambling grads.

Morgantown, West Virginia

Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Morgantown is probably best known for being home to West Virginia University. The community is offering remote workers an incentive package worth up to $20,000 – including $12,000 in cash and various gifts and other perks.

Montpelier, Vermont

Vermont’s capital city offers small town charm with big city amenities that include award-winning museums, restaurants and craft breweries. Under Montpelier’s incentive program, remote workers can receive up to $5,000 per year for up to two years. Applicants who move and become full-time employees of a Vermont business are eligible for up to $7,500.

Lewisburg, West Virginia

This is another Blue Ridge Mountain town that offers scenic views and a low cost of living. The Ascend WV Remote Worker Program is offering an incentive package to remote workers that is similar to the one offered by Morgantown. It includes $12,000 in cash as well as free outdoor recreation packages and other incentives for a total value of more than $20,000.

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Northwest Arkansas

Northwest Arkansas is home to several towns, including Fayetteville, Bentonville and Huntsville. You’ll find plenty to do in the area, especially in terms of outdoor activities. The incentive package for remote workers who move to the region includes $10,000 and a mountain bike valued at $750, for a total value of $10,750.

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About the Author

Vance Cariaga is a London-based writer, editor and journalist who previously held staff positions at Investor’s Business Daily, The Charlotte Business Journal and The Charlotte Observer. His work also appeared in Charlotte Magazine, Street & Smith’s Sports Business Journal and Business North Carolina magazine. He holds a B.A. in English from Appalachian State University and studied journalism at the University of South Carolina. His reporting earned awards from the North Carolina Press Association, the Green Eyeshade Awards and AlterNet. In addition to journalism, he has worked in banking, accounting and restaurant management. A native of North Carolina who also writes fiction, Vance’s short story, “Saint Christopher,” placed second in the 2019 Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition. Two of his short stories appear in With One Eye on the Cows, an anthology published by Ad Hoc Fiction in 2019. His debut novel, Voodoo Hideaway, was published in 2021 by Atmosphere Press.
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