West Virginia announced a new program called Ascend WV that will pay remote workers $12,000 to relocate to the Mountain State. Not only will newcomers get cash, but they’ll also receive a whole year of free outdoor recreation activities. The program stipulates that participants will first need to commit to living in Morgantown, but people can opt to live in either Shepherdstown or Lewisburg at a later stage.
The program’s benefits include a $12,000 payment with no strings attached, a full year of free outdoor recreation activities and gear on public lands, access to free coworking spaces in select towns, invitations to networking events, and the ability to earn a remote work certification through West Virginia University.
West Virginia is known to be one of the best states in the US for outdoor enthusiasts, offering plenty of hiking trails, 2,032 miles of white-water rafting, over 4,000 rock climbing routes, and breathtaking views. The state also has favorable weather conditions year-round, allowing opportunities to get outside and enjoy nature.
Apart from outdoor recreation, the state’s mountain towns have a lot to offer in terms of culture and cuisine, each one with its local specialties. Morgantown is known for its thriving food scene. Lewisburg is regarded as one of the most walkable cities in the US as well as the perfect place to sample craft beer at the many breweries in town. While Shepherdstown is famous for its elegance and historic charm, being named one of the coolest small towns in the US.
To find out more about the plan and the application process, visit the program’s official website.