Do you currently live in an expensive city and have been working entirely remotely for months? Have you cringed as you paid your rent, knowing that there’s technically no work-related reason to be in that location? If you’ve experienced these thoughts lately (or even before the pandemic), there’s an offer you may want to consider. It involves the Ozarks, the state that brought us Bill Clinton, and a bicycle. Here’s what to know.
The perks of moving to Arkansas
Programs where a state, city or county entice remote workers to relocate to the area with promises of low rent and a cash prize have been around for a while, most notably in Tulsa. This time, it’s Northwest Arkansas that’s trying to lure you to its region. Over the next six months, the Northwest Arkansas Council is shelling out more than $1 million to bring top talent to the area.
So what’s in it for you? If chosen for the program, you’ll receive $10,000 once you’ve relocated to Northwest Arkansas. And that’s not all! Newly minted Arkansas residents will also receive their choice of a street or mountain bicycle for free. If you’re not a bike person, they’ll give you an annual membership to one of the area’s world-class arts and cultural institutions. Plus, you’ll get to enjoy all the benefits of living in or near the Ozark Mountains, with outdoor activities galore, and plenty of charming small towns to explore.
How to apply to the program
Those interested in applying must be at least 24 years-old, employed full-time, have at least two years of work experience, be a US resident (who lives outside of Arkansas), and must either lease or purchase housing. Although people from any profession may apply, the region is particularly interested in science, technology, engineering and math workers. For more information and to apply, visit the program’s website.