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Vermont will pay you $10,000 to move there and work remotely

Quartz logo Quartz 6/1/2018 Corinne Purtill
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Remote workers, the state of Vermont wants you.

Starting in 2019, Vermont will pay people who move there and work remotely for an out-of-state employer $10,000 over two years to cover relocation expenses, co-working memberships, computers, internet, and other work-related expenses. Gov. Phil Scott signed the bill into law Wednesday.

The northeastern US state of 625,000 people has gorgeous landscapes, great ski slopes and a rapidly shrinking tax base. Vermont is aging faster than the rest of the U.S. population, an economic crisis that has prompted some creative solutions from state officials. In addition to the remote-worker plan, Vermont has launched a program called Stay to Stay Weekends aimed at persuading the state’s 13 million annual tourists to relocate there. Visitors who plan their trips during one of the four designated weekends from April to October can network with employers, entrepreneurs and realtors.

The first-come, first-served remote-worker grants are available only to new residents who relocate on or after Jan. 1, 2019. Vermont has budgeted grants for about 100 new remote workers in the first three years of the program and about 20 additional workers per year for every year after. But if you really want to make sure that life in the Green Mountain State is for you, schedule a visit in winter first.

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