A public-private program launched Monday will try to lure outdoor enthusiasts to live in the rural state with enticements of cash and free passes for recreational destinations. Brad Smith, who grew up in Kenova, West Virginia, said he studied remote worker programs in Tulsa, Vermont, and in an area of northwestern Alabama known as The Shoals, to see how the concept might work in West Virginia.
Outdoor enthusiasts to get cash, free passes to move to WVa. The crag draws serious rock climbers though guides say they also bring novices up its easier routes to the summit. These hubs will connect them with entrepreneurs and state business leaders.
Organizers will consider ways later to expand it to other communities. The program is now accepting applications for the first 50 openings in Morgantown, home to West Virginia University along the Pennsylvania border.
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Brad Smith expects those attractions to sell themselves. Several other states and U. The coronavirus pandemic sent the work-from-home concept into the stratosphere over the past year with tens of millions of employees temporarily or permanently pushed out of their offices.
The new program represents a more targeted effort than a bill proposed by Republican Gov. Jim Justice for a massive income tax cutwhich fell apart in the Legislature just before the regular session ended Saturday. In West Virginia, that distinctive flavor is the outdoors.
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The Associated Press. Applicants also will be given continuing education opportunities through WVU, Ruby said.
West Virginia officials are counting on that to continue. He found that successful programs have essential services such as broadband and affordable housing; vibrant communities with dining options and an arts and entertainment scene that draws in younger people; and something unique to draw them in.
AP — West Virginia is ing the growing list of places recruiting remote workers — with a thrill-seeking twist. Participants whose employers are based elsewhere will be given access to work spaces set up in three communities selected earlier this year as remote networking hubs.