A growing number of U.S. cities and towns offer different benefits to attract remote workers. Earlier this year, there were about 25 programs that offered cash incentives and coworking spaces. There are 71 programs to lure remote workers to move to those towns and cities.
As remote work continues to pave the way, U.S. cities have seen this opportunity as a way to improve their economy. Most of these programs target digital nomads who have high wages.
U.S. Programs to Attract Remote Workers Continue Increasing
According to a spokeswoman of one of these organizations that attract remote workers, shared that a disproportionate share of those who work in tech are taking advantage of the programs. Companies whose employees have participated in this type of incentive include Airbnb, Amazon, Adobe, Google, and IBM, among others.
Local governments are offering perks such as $12,000 (or more) in cash, gym memberships, free babysitting, coworking spaces, and club memberships.
One of the most successful programs is Tulsa Remote. The program started in 2018 to attract remote workers, representing only 3% of the entire U.S. workforce. By October 2021, the pandemic pushed 45% of full-time workers in the U.S. to work remotely, at least part-time.
Tulsa Remote is funded by the Gorge Kaiser Family Foundation which spent over $181 million on various initiatives in 2020 alone. The program brought over 1,360 people to the city by the end of last year. And currently, it has more than 2,400.