Announced on June 16, 2021, “Bloomington Remote” is a program that offer free coworking membership and additional benefits to attract remote workers to move to Bloomington, Indiana.
Launched by The Mill, a nonprofit center for entrepreneurship and coworking, Bloomington Remote builds on the city’s recognition as Indiana’s 2020 Rising Tech City, a place where diverse, tech-skilled people want to live and work. Sponsored by Velocities, The Mill launched Bloomington Remote to grow the local talent pool and showcase Bloomington to the national tech community.
In May, the nonprofit group TechPoint awarded Bloomington with the Mira Award for Rising Tech City and noted that Bloomington has excelled in creating a quality of life that is attracting new talent to the region. Indiana has emerged as a competitive state for tech as major companies like Salesforce have chosen to locate headquarters there.
Bloomington Remote offers ongoing networking events and concierge onboarding to ensure remote workers connect quickly. The program includes banking discounts, volunteer service opportunities, and other benefits. Program participants also receive lifetime free coworking at The Mill, a renovated historic building with a distinctive sawtooth roof and over 280 members.
Bloomington Remote’s applicants must be 18+ years old, live outside of Indiana, have full-time remote employment (or self-employment) for a business located outside of Monroe County, able to relocate to Bloomington within six months of acceptance and be eligible to live and work in the US.
Bloomington itself is home to Indiana University and its top-rated music, business, environmental policy, and informatics schools. A Democratic stronghold, Bloomington is known within Indiana for its highly educated and socially conscious culture, college basketball, recreational boating, and 60-block entertainment and arts district.