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West Virginia offering $12,000 cash, other perks to lure outdoor enthusiasts to move to state

MORGANTOWN, WVa. — West Virginia launched a new remote-work program Monday in an attempt to lure outdoor enthusiasts to move to the Mountain State.

The incentive program is offering $12,000 cash and a year’s worth of free outdoor recreation for people who work remotely to move to the state.

The program, supported by West Virginia native Brad D. Smith and his wife Alys, will allow adventurers to enjoy the outdoors, uncrowded spaces and a low cost of living while working remotely.

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Applications are now being accepted for Morgantown and other participating cities.

The program includes the following incentives:

  • Cash: $12,000 in cash. The funds can be used to help with moving and living expenses.
  • Free outdoor recreation: One year of free outdoor recreation to fully explore the Mountain State. The package is valued at more than $2,500.
  • The chance to work in inspiring spaces in mountain towns. Remote workers can stay connected and have access to more than $1,200 in free outdoor gear rentals for use with family and friends.
  • The ability to earn remote work certifications through West Virginia University.
  • The chance to be a guest at a variety of exclusive events to connect entrepreneurs with state business leaders, and to take guided excursions across West Virginia.

The full relocation package is valued at more than $20,000 and can be viewed at