The state just passed a new law that that pays workers to move there to work remotely.
Those who relocate and take part in the program need to be full-time employees of a business based outside of Vermont and need to be able to work remotely. That's why expanding our work force is one of the top priorities of my administration.
"We want to learn from what the Legislature has asked us to do with this particular program and then see what lessons we can learn to apply that to other efforts to recruit workforce".
"The intent is to spread it to as many people", said Joan Goldstein, commissioner for the Department of Economic Development.
"This could also help to attract workers here, while still maintaining their positions in cities such as Boston and NY, as well as assist transition issues faced by many trailing spouses", said Ashley Romeo-Boles, the government affairs specialist of Vermont Chamber of Commerce Senate Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs Committee. Vermont will pay for your relocation expenses by giving you up to $5,000 a year for two years.
The first-come, first-served remote worker grants are only available to new residents who relocate on or after January 1, 2019.
In addition to the program, Vermont has also launched another program, called Stay to Stay Weekends, that is aimed at getting the state's 13 million annual tourists to relocate to Vermont. Scott signed the bill Wednesday.
In total, $125,000 in grants are available for 2019, $250,000 for 2020, and $125,000 for 2021.
"This is a piece of a much larger puzzle", Michael Schirling, the commerce secretary, told The Burlington Free Press.
Those interested are invited to stay a weekend and meet with local realtors, community leaders and young professionals around the state.