West Virginia Announces New Remote Work Program

Outdoor adventure in West Virginia with New Remote Work Program
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Jim Justice, West Virginia Governor unveiled a new Remote Work Program in West Virginia this morning. Intuit Chairman Brad D. Smith, Gov. Justice and his wife, Alys, and President E. Gordon Gee, West Virginia University (WVU) held a virtual meeting for the press conference to launch the program.

What is this New Remote Work Program?

This new Remote Work Program is called Ascend WV. It aims at attracting remote workers who are outdoor enthusiasts. Adventure lovers will be able to enjoy recreation and less crowded spaces. The low cost of living is also a big plus. These remote workers will be able to reside in West Virginia while being committed to their full-time remote jobs.

What’s even more attractive is that this remote work program also has a cash incentive package of $12,000 ($10,000 to be paid in monthly installments for a year while $2000 to be paid at the end of second year) that comes with it along with free outdoor recreation for a whole year.

Applications are being accepted in Morgantown.

The first three pilot cities are,

  • Morgantown
  • Shepherdstown
  • Lewisburg

“We are rolling out the red carpet and inviting remote workers from across the country to make Almost Heaven, West Virginia their new home. I couldn’t be more proud of the dream team that we’ve assembled to get this program off the ground. From the generous support of our private partners, Brad and Alys Smith, to my landmark legislation (HB 2026) passed by the Legislature, and the educational foundation laid by WVU, this collaboration has developed a program that will leave a lasting impact on our great state forevermore.”

Gov. Justice

The remote work program is quite promising. It not only offers monetary benefits but is also a good long term vision for those outdoor enthusiasts who are looking for a better work-life balance in order to enjoy their passion for adventure.

“Everything that makes West Virginia a great place to visit makes it an even better place to live and work. With remote work becoming a permanent option for more and more professionals, we’re excited to introduce them to the blend of adventure and serenity that makes life in West Virginia a permanent vacation,” said Secretary Ruby.

Chelsea Ruby, the Secretary of the West Virginia Department of Tourism

Governor Justice also signed HB 2026 during the event. This is to reform the state’s corporate income tax laws in accordance with the program. This will further push West Virginia as a perfect place for remote workers from across the country.

“Born and raised in Kenova, it has always been my dream to give back to the state that forever has my heart. Together, Alys and I set forth a vision to create a program that would allow West Virginia to capitalize on workforce trends by leveraging our incredible outdoor recreation assets. As West Virginians, we ascend mountains every day. Here, we’re inviting remote workers from across the country to join us in our ascent to rise to new heights, together.”

Brad D. Smith, Intuit Executive Chairman and co-founder of the Wing 2 Wing Foundation

This sure is quite an attractive proposition in the remote work world. All the digital nomads can take note and start applying. With more and more states taking steps to welcome the remote work model, we need to wait and keep an eye for the next one.

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