In an increasingly technologically advanced world, there are more opportunities than ever to work remotely. The COVID-19 pandemic had forced many companies to figure out ways to ensure that their workers could work safely especially if they were not deemed “essential workers“. This lead to many companies who had never allowed or rarely allowed for remote work to scramble to find a solution. And for some workers who either lost their jobs, found themselves furloughed, or owned small businesses, they had to figure out how to survive during this chaotic time. Some states in the United States depend on tourism, which had become incredibly difficult with states having travel restrictions. Stories of businesses shutting down are heartbreaking. Stories of people fleeing their cities for better opportunities seem more and more common. But what about cities that want to use the opportunity that this new remote work environment offers?
Tulsa, a city in the state of Oklahoma will be offering grants to remote workers who choose to live in Tulsa. And the benefits seem pretty epic.
Here’s how it works:
Tulsa is looking to attract diverse, remote talent to their city. So they’ll be offering $10,000, free co-working space, and access to exclusive events and perks, as well as other benefits.
To be considered for the Tulsa Remote program, applicants must meet these four eligibility requirements: You can move to Tulsa within 6 months; Applicants must have full-time remote employment or are self-employed outside of Oklahoma. You must be 18 or older. You must be eligible to work in the United States.
For a lot of remote workers who live in expensive cities with high taxes and high cost-of-living, this might be an especially compelling offer and could increase the talent in the Tulsa eco-sphere, which is probably the point of this entire venture.
Here’s why it’s awesome:
The city of Tulsa has actually designed this entire program to help participants make connections, meet like-minded people, and facilitate growth. They will host meetups, hold events, and offer benefits to participants. Also, Tulsa’s low-cost-of-living may actually incentivize these remote workers and entrepreneurs to stay even after this program ends.
This could be a really interesting opportunity for those interested in taking an adventure!