West Virginia’s plan to attract remote workers by offering them a $12,000 subsidy to move to Morgantown has attracted more than 7,000 applications, the state says. Fifty people will be chosen for the program, called Ascend West Virginia, which also grants workers free coworking space and a year of free admission to natural attractions like New River Gorge Park and Preserve. The top 5 states that applicants hail from are Pennsylvania, Florida, California, Virginia, and Texas, and West Virginia says it’s received applications from every state and from 71 countries.
The deal isn’t for a lump sum. If accepted, you’ll receive $10,000 in monthly payments over your first year after you spend a month in Morgantown; the balance will accrue to you after you’ve been there for two years. Applications close next week for Morgantown, but West Virginia will soon run the same program for Shepherdstown and Lewisburg. It expects to open applications for those localities over the summer.