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Top Remote Workforce Programs in America
The pandemic has instituted many changes in America, one being the shift towards more long-term remote work opportunities. Many people who previously worked in an office have reported feeling just as or more productive in their remote working space. What’s more, according to research, remote teams are here to stay with an expected 25% of all North American professional jobs being remote by 2023.
With the shift towards remote work, there are many remote work programs for workers to take advantage of and explore new cities. Below are five of the most popular remote work programs in America.
Explore America untethered
Working remotely means you aren’t necessarily tied to an office or one specific location. If you’ve ever had a hankering to live somewhere new, a remote worker incentive program may make for the perfect opportunity to live in a new city. Remote workforce programs and initiatives can be found across the country. So whether you’ve had a dream of moving out west, living down south by the beach or exploring mountain ranges, there’s sure to be a program for you.
Ascend West Virginia (WV)
Created by Brad D. Smith and his wife Alys Smith, Ascend WV offers remote workers the opportunity to build a life in the picturesque surroundings of West Virginia. The program gives participants $12,000 ($10,000 during their first year and $2,000 for the second) just for moving to the Mountain State as well as one year of free outdoor recreational activities. Ascend WV also offers coworking opportunities to give you a fresh workspace and a chance to collaborate with other entrepreneurs. With all these perks, it’s no wonder John Denver referred to West Virginia as “almost heaven.”
Explore Oklahoma and build a community through Tulsa Remote, which pays full time remote workers to move to Tulsa. Apart from monthly stipends, Tulsa Remote also offers participants numerous benefits in their new city, including a coworking space to allow for team communication and connecting with others. The City of Tulsa and the George Kaiser Family Foundation launched this initiative in 2018 and have renewed every year since.
Life Works Here
Northwest Arkansas boasts breathtaking scenery courtesy of the Ozark Mountains, amazing outdoor recreational activities and a rich arts and culture scene. It is also one of the most affordable costs of living in the US. The Life Works Here initiative was established to attract remote workers to unlock the beauty and benefits of living in Northwest Arkansas. The program offers successful remote applicants $10,000 to assist with relocation costs and their choice of a new street bike, mountain bike or a membership to a museum or cultural institution of their choice.
Remote Shoals Alabama
The Remote Shoals program offers participants the opportunity to live in cities across the Shoals area of Alabama. Although you may not have heard of some of these towns, they are all relatively close to more major cities including Nashville, Atlanta and Memphis. Remote Shoals gives participants $10,000 cash with 25% being distributed up front to help with moving costs, 25% given after six months of residency and the final portion after your first year. The Shoals is among the most affordable metro areas of its size in the state and boasts a diverse and growing community with people from across America and around the world.
Savannah Technology Workforce Incentive
Savannah’s historic charm and proximity to beaches make it a top destination for tourists. However, for those wishing to make a home in the south, the Savannah Technology Workforce Incentive makes the city an opportune place to move. The one caveat with this incentive is that it is specifically geared towards attracting workers in the tech field. If you do happen to meet the qualifications, you could move to Savannah and have up to $2,000 of your moving expenses reimbursed among other financial benefits – not to mention the beaches and warm weather.
Finding a program that works for you
There are now hundreds of remote workforce programs that vary in structure and location. From project management to tech, these programs offer opportunities for people across all fields to create a life in a new city while staying connected to your virtual team. Prior to making any decisions, it’s imperative that you do thorough research on these programs to make sure you are choosing the right program for you and your needs.
Learn more about on these programs and others around America here.