Local representatives aim to increase the state’s tiny population and boost the employment market
The state of ski slopes and trails, lakes, picturesque landscapes, and maple syrup, Vermont, also known as the Green Mountain State, has established its position among many tourists as one of the calmest places in the US. And now, the state is looking for new citizens and is even going to pay them for moving in.
The local government has pledged to pay Americans willing to relocate to this small state up to $10,000 to boost local population and employment market. There are only two conditions: applicants must have a full-time employment by an out-of-state employer with the option to work remotely and, of course, dedication to become a new citizen is needed.
The state will pay the young mobile workers over a two year period – with each new resident receiving up to $5,000 per year.
The money will be funded by a government grant with a total of $125,000 for the program in 2019, followed by $250,000 in 2020 and $125,000 in 2021. $100,000 will be put towards the scheme over the following years if the funding remains.
The new legislation is not the only attempt to attract new residents to the area. Recently, the state governor Phil Scott has teamed up with Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing to launch another initiative to attract new families and workers to Vermont. The programme, called Stay to Stay, provides weekend sessions for anyone from surrounding areas interested in becoming a new resident.
“Stay to Stay Weekends begin with a warm welcome on Friday evening at a reception hosted by a local chamber or young professionals network where you’ll meet others interested in moving to Vermont, as well as community leaders, business owners, young professionals, and state and local officials,” the initiative says on the official page.
“Thirteen million people come to Vermont each year, and many of them express a desire to stay permanently as residents,” said Wendy Knight, commissioner of Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing.
“The Stay to Stay program helps make that day-dream of living in Vermont a reality. We’re excited to launch this innovative initiative with our local chamber and young professional networks and appreciate their work in recruiting businesses and workers, strengthening our economy, creating vibrant communities and welcoming visitors and future residents alike.”
The programs aim to boost the employment market as the numbers of active workers have been on a decline for past years.
“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,” said Vermont governor Phil Scott.
“We must think outside the box to help more Vermonters enter the labour 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.”