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Rural Relocation - Free Land, Cash Grants, Student Loan Pay Offs

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Get PAID up to $80,000 to move to struggling towns: Cash grants, student loan pay offs and free land are offered as incentives to revitalize rural communities across the U.S.
  • Towns in rural America are attempting to revitalize their communities by offering incentives to people to move to the countryside
  • In 2010 19 per cent of people resided in rural America, a stark contrast to 54 per cent that lived in small communities in 1910
  • A few surprising cities and even states also say they will help you payoff homes and financial obligations if you agree to live in their communities


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5208803/Rural-towns-trying-Americans-move.html#ixzz527Dq2Gh0
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Hopefully they can keep the small town feel and they don't get an influx of drugs and crime.
 

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Hopefully they can keep the small town feel and they don't get an influx of drugs and crime.

Once the FREE MONEY word gets out I'd say the lazy, druggies and criminals will begin infiltrating.
 

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Hopefully they can keep the small town feel and they don't get an influx of drugs and crime.
Like having the yuppies move into Colorado and complain about the lack of services. Then they vote in all kinds of taxes and you go from a low tax area to a high tax area.

If they did not want to live without services, then they should have stayed in California, etc.
 

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Become an expat..............

Buy a home in an Italian village for 90 PENCE! Sardinian region is selling 200 houses in a bid to stop it turning into a ghost town (but there is a catch)
  • Ollolai in Sardinia is offering 200 abandoned stone dwellings for just 90p each
  • It's a bid to revitalise the town after its population shrank from 2,250 to 1,300
  • However, buyers must commit to refurbishing the homes within three years
  • Many of the homes are in poor condition after being left unoccupied for years


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5334067/Buy-home-Italian-village-90-PENCE.html#ixzz55mjupBru
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From 2014............

Kansas offers incentives to lure people back to the plains
PBS NewsHour


Published on Mar 21, 2014
The Great Plains have been losing population since the Dust Bowl in the 1930s. NewsHour travels to Kansas to find out about a state plan that offers incentives to attract new residents to Rural Opportunity Zones. Will deals on student loan reimbursement and state income taxes bring people to rural Kansas counties?

Rural Opportunity Zones
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Is Your Dream Farm Abandoned And Waiting For You?
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Published on Feb 4, 2017
There are abandoned farms everywhere in the rural area where we live. This is a tragedy as places that were loved so much just rot, but it is also an opportunity for anyone who wants to own a farm!
 

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Become an expat..............

Buy a home in an Italian village for 90 PENCE! Sardinian region is selling 200 houses in a bid to stop it turning into a ghost town (but there is a catch)
  • Ollolai in Sardinia is offering 200 abandoned stone dwellings for just 90p each
  • It's a bid to revitalise the town after its population shrank from 2,250 to 1,300
  • However, buyers must commit to refurbishing the homes within three years
  • Many of the homes are in poor condition after being left unoccupied for years


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5334067/Buy-home-Italian-village-90-PENCE.html#ixzz55mjupBru
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I'm surprised anything around tuscany would be inexpensive. I had looked at the area a few years ago but its very pricey or was.. Maybe time to look again.
 

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Midwestern Towns Offer Young Workers Money To Move There

by Tyler Durden
Wed, 05/02/2018 - 20:25


Many millennials, it seems, are content to pay sky-high rents while working low-level jobs in places like New York City just so they can eat their avocado toast, meet their friends for bottomless mimosas, and enjoy other compelling cultural attractions (like the nearly limitless dating pool).

But as young people struggle with an aggregate $1.4 trillion in student debt - not to mention tepid wages, high rents and a range of other factors that are forcing them to put off family formation and home ownership - rural areas are offering to help newcomers pay down their debts and buy a home. In exchange, the recipients need to settle in midwestern towns where jobs are plentiful, but workers are rare.

Indeed, the demand for college-educated workers in some parts of the midwest is so acute, many towns and civic organizations have started offering "reverse scholarships" to entice young people to relocate there.



In a recent story, the Wall Street Journal profiled several young people - many of them couples - who've used money from these grants to pay the down payment on a house or to finance their relocation back to the towns where they grew up.

The "reverse scholarships" vary in size and scope based on location. Some are specifically intended to pay off student loan debt. Others can be used to help buy a home. The sizes range from around $5,000 to as much as $15,000. What's more, these grants are typically being offered in towns where labor shortages have been driving up wages.



One economist who spoke with WSJ compared the payments to "a modern day Homestead Act."

Mike Allgrunn, an economist at the University of South Dakota, calls the financial incentives "a modern-day Homestead Act," referring to the 1862 law offering public land to settlers willing to move West. A similar deal now stands in Marne, Iowa, where free parcels are available to people who move there.​
Some of the relocation programs show promise, but it is a tall order. The pull of opportunity and amenities in large cities is hard to resist.​
"The mere fact that they’re doing what they’re doing highlights the headwinds they are facing," said Enrico Moretti, an economist at the University of California, Berkeley. "There is no one in San Francisco trying to pay people to move here."

But even after the abysmal March jobs report, the official unemployment rate still stands at 4.1%, and the Fed believes that number will drop to 3.6% by next year.

For many of these towns, attracting a reliable supply of workers is vital to their long-term economic survival. Small businesses rank labor shortages as their No. 1 business concern, according to the National Federation of Independent Business.

The fear is that if local employers can't find workers, they could move to a more hospitable environment.



But if nothing else, the fact that these grants exist shows just how many sacrifices some young people will make to live in hip urban centers like New York. For many towns, this tendency has turned low unemployment into a burden.

"Low unemployment rates, everyone thinks of that as a good thing and it is, but there’s a downside," Mr. Allgrunn said. "Eventually you run out of people to do the work."

In Hamilton, where state statistics who more than 5,000 jobs remain unfilled, workers with degrees in the engineering, technology, science or arts can receive a $5,000 grant to pay down their student loans if they agree to stay in the area for two years.

While that might not seem like much, for many young workers, it makes all the difference.

So far, a dozen people have applied for the grants, though they all live and work in the region. Kathryn Keefe, 24, works part time as an environmental educator for the city of Fairfield, Ohio, and part time at the Cincinnati Zoo. She pays $200 a month for student loans.​
"For us, it’s a financial thing," said Ms. Keefe, of Forest Park, Ohio, about a 20-minute drive from Hamilton. "It really does depend on the scholarship or not because there are other places in the area that are cheaper to live."​

So far, Hamilton's grants have mostly been awarded to young people who grew up in the area, and are now returning home to start a family. But for the program to ultimately be successful, it must eventually draw in more outsiders, the vice president of one community organization said.

Katie Braswell, the vice president of the Hamilton Community Foundation, said the scholarships should bring more local residents to downtown but acknowledged it would eventually need to draw more out-of-towners. "I’m not real sure yet how this is going to work out," she said.​

To be sure, small businesses aren't the only employers in need of workers. Barclays opened a customer service branch in Hamilton a few years ago that is growing rapidly.

This only serves to emphasize the fact that local businesses must help contribute to making the town more hospitable to young people - perhaps by supporting the development of a more-vibrant down town.

Barclays opened a customer service center in Hamilton that has grown from 48 employees when it opened in 2016 to more than 500. They need more, starting at $15 an hour. The company has opened part-time slots to help alleviate the worker shortage, said spokesman Matt Fields. He hopes the scholarship program extends the city a "halo effect from a hiring perspective."​
Unless Hamilton can attract new blood, Mr. Lippert said, its future is grim. Since 2010, local employers have added more than 1,300 jobs, but Hamilton’s prime working-age population has fallen by 2,800.​
Grant County Indiana is another area that is experimenting with grants to young workers. The county's economic development office is offering $5,000 toward a home for people moving to the area - though they must have a job or college degree. However, the money must be repaid if the recipient leaves town within 5 years. So far, about 100 people have used the money to buy houses.

And the county's Chamber of Commerce is looking to expand on the program by offering a $9,000 to help repay student loans.

Still, some towns are finding that the grants aren't enough. North Platte, Nebraska launched a program last year through the Chamber of Commerce, but so far, only two people have taken the money.

For many, that should come as a surprise. After all, seven million working-age men are mysteriously missing from the US workforce.

But perhaps what this really shows is that maybe financial enticements aren't the answer. After all, with the midwest still in the grip of a deadly opioid epidemic, some companies have had more success with another strategy: Eliminating drug tests.


https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018...se-scholarships-entice-young-workers-relocate
 

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Calling All Broke Millennials: Vermont Will Give You $10,000 To Move There And Work From Home


by Tyler Durden
Fri, 06/01/2018 - 21:25


The Governor of Vermont has introduced an unusual law that will pay people who move into the state and work remotely for an out-of-state company - $10,000 over a two year period to cover relocation costs, office equipment, internet, and other work-related expenses.

Governor Phil Scott approved the legislation on Wednesday (May 30) in hopes to bottom out the rapidly shrinking tax base, and, of course, sucker in those heavily indebted millennials from large cities.




According to the Vermont House of Representatives, the “Remote Worker Grant Program” will start on January 01, 2019, and will cover a variety of business-related expenses of a worker’s transition to the state, including relocation services, computer software and hardware, broadband access or upgrade, and membership in a co-working or similar space expenses.

Vermont has found the funds to budget roughly 100 grants for the first three years of the program, and after that, 20 additional workers per year for an unspecified amount of time. An eligible “remote worker” under the program could receive not more than $5,000.00 per year, not to exceed a total of $10,000.00 per individual over two years.

CNBC said the program operates on a first-come, first-served basis and is only available to new residents who relocate on or after January 01, 2019.

The new law is designed to catch the falling knife of a rapidly shrinking tax base, along with thwarting an economic crisis that has been sparked by Vermont’s aging population.

“Vermont continues to age, and age faster than the nation as a whole,” writes Art Woolf for the Burlington Free Press. “Over the past quarter of a century, the median age nationally has increased by almost five years to 37.8 while Vermont’s has increased by 10 years.

“The most common age in Vermont is 19 years. But that’s because Vermont brings in a lot of college-age students from other states. Ignoring the 18 to 22 year-old college student cohort, the most common age is 55, which is people at the tail end of the baby boom generation. Vermont has a lot more baby boomers, people between 53 and 71, relative to other ages, than the U.S. There are a lot of baby boomers nationally, but the age with the largest number of people nationally is 25 years old, part of the millennial generation.”​

Woolf also said, “our largest age cohort is the baby boomers, not the millennials if you ignore the large number college students - even those who come from out of state - who are counted as Vermont residents.” This trend has made Vermont one of the oldest states in the country, in regards to age.

“We have about 16,000 fewer workers than we did in 2009. That’s why expanding our workforce is one of the top priorities of my administration,” Governor Scott said in a statement while addressing the need to attract younger working families to the state.​
We must think outside the box to help more Vermonters enter the labor force and attract more working families and young professionals to Vermont. That’s exactly what the Department of Tourism and Marketing did with this program for out-of-state visitors who may be interested in living full-time in Vermont, and I’m excited to see it move forward.”​

CNBC explains the program will be spread across “four weekends and will be piloted in three communities.” One of those locations will be Brattleboro, Vermont.

“The one thing we need more of in Vermont is people,” says Adam Grinold, executive director of the Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation. “We need more visitors, we need more employees, we need more business owners. We need more people.”

While a demographic time bomb is looming for Vermont, the recent reactionary efforts by officials to divert taxpayer dollars for programs to attract millennials from other states is merely a short-term solution and will not solve the old age crisis. Expect this trend to increase with other states, as the good ole’ days of easy money, are over.

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018...-will-give-you-10000-move-there-and-work-home
 

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This U.S. city is paying people more than $10,000 just to move there

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Go West, young entrepreneur.

Tulsa, Okla. is offering remote workers $10,000 to move there. The city is joining the ranks of other locations in the U.S. including Vermont and Maine advertising incentives to workers for relocating.

Tulsa claims it is “the ideal city” for remote workers due to its array of museums, low cost of living, and food and drink scene.

“Tulsa is gaining international recognition for the use of modern technology to better serve citizens, and one of the areas where we see great opportunity is as a home for remote workers,” Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum said.

One catch: You have to stay in Tulsa for a full year to cash the complete prize. Each $10,000 grant comes in the form of $2,500 to be put towards relocation expenses, a $500 per month stipend, and $1,500 at the end of a 12-month program.

The grant, which is offered in partnership with the City of Tulsa and the George Kaiser Family Foundation, also includes a free membership to 36 Degrees North, a co-working space in the city. The folks behind the program are hoping remote workers will choose to stay beyond that 12-month finish line.

“We are looking for talented and energetic people who not only will consider relocating permanently to Tulsa but especially for people who want to make something happen here — to add to the dynamism, idealism and get ‘er done spirit of Tulsa.” Ken Levit, executive director of George Kaiser Family Foundation, said.

The cost of living in Oklahoma is 8% lower than the national average, according to salary-comparison site Payscale. But based on its cost of living, quality of life, and job market, Oklahoma was ranked 43 out of 50 in a recent U.S. & World Report ranking of the best states in which to live.

Tulsa is the 14th most dangerous city in the U.S., according to data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s 2017 Uniform Crime Report with a population of 404,868 people and a rate of 565.7 violent crimes per 100,000 people.

The Tulsa Remote program comes as flexible work is on the rise. The number of people quitting their jobs for flexible work doubled from 2014 to 2017 and the number of remote jobs rose 115% between 2005 and 2018, according to FlexJobs, a job-search site for remote work.

Remote workers are shown to be more productive than non-remote workers: A 2017 study of 24,000 workers from the video and voice collaboration technology company Polycom Inc. found that 98% of people said the ability to work anywhere has a positive impact on productivity.

http://www.msn.com/en-us/money/mark...0000-just-to-move-there/ar-BBPH5V2?ocid=ientp
 

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I am looking at getting out of this dead end office work bullshit I've been doing and getting back into manufacturing.
Rural Michigan is gearing back up and people like me won't have to commute to the cities for peanuts anymore.

One of the reasons Michigan was wealthy for so long in so many places is most of even the small towns had a factory or a warehouse or two. That all changed during clinton/bush, all the small factories were gone. In my small town one new factory opened, one CNC machine shop opened in existing buildings and 3 old factories are being taken out of mothballs and are in the process of being opened back up.

I don't need much and I have zero desire to work tool and die hours again, but a basic factory job 5 minutes from home sounds good.
The company I'm looking at you work 3 12 hour shifts with 4 days off and get paid for 40 hours.
With benefits.


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I am looking at getting out of this dead end office work bullshit I've been doing and getting back into manufacturing.
Rural Michigan is gearing back up and people like me won't have to commute to the cities for peanuts anymore.

One of the reasons Michigan was wealthy for so long in so many places is most of even the small towns had a factory or a warehouse or two. That all changed during clinton/bush, all the small factories were gone. In my small town one new factory opened, one CNC machine shop opened in existing buildings and 3 old factories are being taken out of mothballs and are in the process of being opened back up.

I don't need much and I have zero desire to work tool and die hours again, but a basic factory job 5 minutes from home sounds good.
The company I'm looking at you work 3 12 hour shifts with 4 days off and get paid for 40 hours.
With benefits.


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Good luck. Hope fair seas come your way.
 

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Work Remote? These Cities, States, and Countries offer crazy incentives to move there

by TDB
Mon, 11/19/2018 - 14:06


by Joe Jarvis via The Daily Bell

Tulsa, Oklahoma offers $10,000 to any remote worker who moves to the city. And to sweeten the deal, they are throwing in a free membership at a co-working space.

On January 1, 2019, Vermont will begin its new program offering $10,000 worth of tax credits to remote workers who move to the state.

Employees aren’t the only ones Vermont is trying to draw to its rolling hills: Companies that move to Vermont can get up to $125,000 in total credits in 2019 and up to $250,000 in 2020 to cover relocation costs, equipment expenses, broadband updates and employee membership fees for co-working spaces.​
Remote workers are an extra driving force encouraging states, cities, and even countries to compete with each other. Money follows remote workers to their new state or city, instead of coming from the pool of jobs which already exist in that jurisdiction. When that new resident spends money on rent, food, entertainment, and so on, it is a net gain for the state.

As more and more people work remotely, expect better and better deals from states and cities.

Already digital nomads are driving this trend forward, constantly voting with their feet.

Cities, states, and countries compete every day for residents. Based on taxes, laws, regulations, ease of doing business, corruption, cost of living and so much more, different locations can attract residents by being more friendly places to live and work.

But more and more jurisdictions are actively taking this competition to the residents they want to attract. Low taxes and rich culture are great… but money talks.

To try to keep educated young people in the state, Maine will slash your tax bill by the amount you pay each year in student loans if you graduated between 2007 and 2016. So if you pay $2000 for student loans, and your tax bill is $3000, Maine will only charge $1000. They even offer this to people who graduated from college after 2015 outside of Maine and relocate to the state.

Candela, a town in Italy with a dwindling population, offers up to $2,350 for a family or $950 for singles to move to the historic medieval town.
Towns in Kansas and Nebraska offer free plots of land to anyone who agrees to build a house.

New Haven, Connecticut offers generous cash incentives for new homeowners.

And Baltimore, Maryland holds a lottery to give out 30 $5,000 awards each year towards buying homes. Another program offers $10,000 for buying distressed properties.

Last week I wrote about how secession from the Soviet Union created competition among former member states. I said that countries like Estonia are innovating with their e-residency program, and this made them more competitive against other former Soviet countries like Georgia.

Five days after I published that article, Georgia announced that they are starting their own e-residency program. Clearly, we have a little friendly competition going on between the two up and coming nations.

Someone commented that it doesn’t matter how innovative these countries become, because they lost citizens after the Soviet Union collapsed, and their birth rates are too low to grow the population.

It is true that Estonia and Georgia lost citizens to emigration in the wake of the Soviet collapse, and the populations continue to decline.

What better way to reverse this trend than offering a compelling reason to immigrate to the country? It cannot be denied that the economies of these countries are growing.

E-residency is still in its infancy, and we don’t know yet what final form it could take. In the stale nation-state style governing structures of the 20th century, population decline is a major problem. But looking to the future of government, e-residency could be the calling card of 21st-century super-powers.

Look at it this way: if they can sell you citizenship and government services without you having to physically live in the country, who cares what their population is?

They are signaling their intentions to become some of the first “distributed governments,” not relying on borders to offer services, but instead providing for citizens wherever they reside.

Imagine canceling your subscription to the United States government, and signing up for Estonian government instead, without moving. That’s the future I want to live in.

Remember, the online world is new and ever growing. In business competition, the lumbering old dinosaurs are killed off by nimble young innovators offering new and better products.

Which brings us to the losers in the modern world…

Some cities don’t even want you to visit… New York City recently invested $7 millioninto a program to enforce its ban on entire apartment Airbnb rentals. Last month they carried out raids against hosts.

Los Angelos restricts the number of days an apartment can be listed each year unless the host pays over $1,000 per year to the city.

Washington DC plans on enacting the strictest rules in the country on Airbnb hosts.

These and many other “dinosaur” jurisdictions continually harass Airbnb hosts, destroying a valuable sector of their economy, to protect the hotel lobby.

Large cities often try to push Uber out as well, propping up the old expensive subpar taxi services, and killing the market for affordable transportation.

Times, they are changing.

Some may scoff at choosing to live in Tulsa, OK over NYC. But even Oklahoma, the reddest of red states, recently legalized medical marijuana.
To me, that suggests the future will not be built along party lines.

It will be decided by free people–free to move, free to travel, to use innovative services, to reward friendly jurisdictions by visiting and residing there.

And sooner or later, governments will be little more than insurance companies, offering their services wherever you reside.

Yes, for now, big governments can and will continue to crack down and tighten the grip on the unlucky citizens that remain.

But it is becoming easier and easier to take your business elsewhere.

You don’t have to play by the rules of the corrupt politicians, manipulative media, and brainwashed peers.

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