WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Relocate to smaller cities and receive up to $10,000 as incentive.
- The Ozarks is shelling out $10,000 plus a bike to navigate its rough hilly environment.
- Other cities like Topeka in Kansas and Tulsa in Oklahoma have the same relocation programs.
This COVID-19 pandemic has brought on a lot of changes in the workplace. With companies closing, and people getting unemployed, those who still have their jobs opt to work from home than risk getting infected in the workplace.
Others have taken into consideration, moving out into other places where the cost of living and rents are affordable, and have bigger living spaces. This is why smaller cities have been offering incentives for people to make the move.
Did you get to see the Netflix crime drama, The Ozarks? Justine Bateman plays a financial character Marty who got himself into debt when he laundered money for a Mexican drug cartel. He moves his family from Chicago to the Ozarks. The buzz created by the program boosted the place’s tourism.
Now with the pandemic, The Northwest Arkansas Council is expending more than $1 million in the next six months for brilliant minds to move to the charming small towns within the Ozark mountains. The incentive is $10,000 to make the move, and a bike to navigate The Ozarks undulating landscape.
According to its website, they are welcoming recent grads, families, career-changers and entrepreneurs who are on the lookout for “a unique opportunity to create balance for those eager to move from congested and expensive larger cities and suburbs.”
Three Fortune 500 companies have their headquarters in the Northwest Arkansas— Walmart, Tyson Foods and J.B. Hunt. And although it is not a must, those who have STEM jobs (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) would be preferable.
There have also been similar programs to recruit workers to less crowded cities. In Georgia, the Savannah Economic Development Authority, had a program that offered up to $2,000 in moving costs to get qualified technology workers to transfer to Savannah or Chatham County areas.
Topeka, Kansas is offering up to $10,000 for remote workers who will be living there while renters get $5,000. Tulsa, Okla., on the other hand, is also offering up to $10,000 for 250 remote workers to live in the Sooner State plus provision of a one-year membership at a coworking space.
Source: New York Post