The neighboring state of West Virginia has come up with a cleverly inventive plan to reverse its ongoing population decline, a plan built around the state’s natural beauty and the surge in remote-work opportunities.
West Virginia is willing to pay people to relocate to within its borders — $12,000 over a two-year period. And the offer comes as many employers are shifting to a permanent remote-work model, making it possible for a person to do his or her job anywhere. West Virginia is ponying up an added incentive that officials hope will appeal especially to younger workers: a package of yearlong passes for outdoor activities such as whitewater rafting, horseback riding, rock climbing, skiing and golf. The combined value of the incentives is estimated at more than $20,000.