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Tulsa Remote Worker Experiment

Sarah Holder at Citylab has an interesting article on a program that paid people $10,000, a year of co-working, and a subsidized apartment to move to Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Traditionally, cities looking to spur their economies may offer incentives to attract businesses. But at a time when Americans are moving less frequently than they have in more than half a century, and the anticlimactic race to host an Amazon HQ2 soured some governments on corporate tax breaks, Tulsa is one of several locales testing out a new premise:  Pay people instead.

I love this idea, and hope that after the permanent step-up in remote work from the virus we see much more internal mobility between cities in the United States.

1 reply on “Tulsa Remote Worker Experiment”

I want to see more initiatives like this because it means that the perspective on remote workers is shifting. Similar approach chose Estonia, as a country, first building proper digital infrastructure for its citizens and since 2014 opening it to anyone interested in e-Residency. What Tulsa is doing is essentially, supplying the other end for the same group of people. It would be interesting to see collaborations and competitions of cities/governments seeking location independent workers.

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