Unveiled by Gov. Jim Justice on April 12, 2021, Ascend WV is new statewide remote work program of West Virginia for remote workers who seeking a high-quality lifestyle in the mountains of West Virginia.
The Ascend WV remote work program will pay chosen applicants $12,000 to relocate to a host city in West Virginia and will provide free outdoor recreation for a year. The first host cities will be Morgantown, Shepherdstown, and Lewisburg with plans to expand across the state. It aims to attract those from across the country who have been moved to work from home permanently.
The Ascend WV program also provides free coworking space where remote workers will have modern amenities to stay connected and access to more than $1,200 in free outdoor gear rentals for use with family and friends. Additionally, participants will be invited to networking events with state business leaders, guided outdoor excursions, and have the chance to earn remote work certifications through WVU along with access to the university’s entrepreneurship ecosystem.
West Virginia is the first and only state to harness its natural assets for talent attraction and recruitment, as well as ignite local economies, and continue to fuel entrepreneurial and innovative thinking in West Virginia.
Since the pandemic began just one year ago, nearly 16 million have made the major decision to relocate. West Virginia has an opportunity to attract those looking for a better work-life balance to experience the state’s extraordinary landscapes, roaring rivers, and vibrant small towns. With the average remote worker salary exceeding $90,000, the program stands to generate a lasting economic impact.
Applications for Ascend WV are now open for the first 50 spots in the host city of Morgantown. Application windows for the program’s sister cities of Shepherdstown and Lewisburg will be announced at a later date.
Ascend WV is looking for applicants who currently reside outside of West Virginia and are full-time remote workers or who are in positions based outside of West Virginia. We are looking for innovative, bright minds drawn to mountain living, the call of Mother Nature and the great outdoors.