If moving to Topeka, Kansas, wasn’t in your immediate life plans, maybe it should be. GO Topeka, an economic development group in the Topeka area, is creating a program called the Choose Topeka Relocation Initiative, designed to incentivize people to move to Topeka for remote jobs. The initiative gives relocating employees $10,000 toward the purchase of a home in Topeka or Shawnee County, or $5,000 toward a one-year lease in the region. The goal of the program is to grow the Topeka community and economy.
If you still need convincing, Topeka has a recently revitalized downtown district, a thriving brewery scene, and tons of outdoor space. According to Barbara Stapleton with the Greater Topeka Partnership, the program will accept between 10 and 20 applicants.
Topeka is following the trend of other cities paying people to relocate. Tulsa, Oklahoma, launched a similar program in 2018, offering $10,000 to relocating remote workers. Savannah offered $2,000 to 50 tech workers who relocated.
These programs are growing in popularity now that the pandemic has shifted the focus to remote work nationwide. It’s highlighted how people can perform their jobs effectively from home and opened up new opportunities for cities looking to grow their professional population.