What’s Arkansas got that only one other state and a handful a cities have? It’s probably not what you think.
Arkansas is offering a good chunk of change to people in an effort to get them to move to the Ozarks. As a matter of fact, more than 26,000 have applied to a program that will pay them $10,000 to move to northwest Arkansas, according to Fox News.
“Life Works Here,” the Northwest Arkansas Council’s program, is offering the incentive to remote workers willing to move to the Ozarks.
What’s more, in addition to the money, the program will also provide the new residents with a bicycle it hopes that they will enjoy the region’s miles of trails. Additionally, the council hopes that the new potential residents might take up a membership to a local art of cultural establishment.
Arkansas Selects First Round of Applicants
The program has already announced its first 25 recipients. These individuals include an executive chef and James Beard Foundation Impact Fellow from Atlanta, and a digital marketing manager from Denver.
Then there’s a music producer and “creative community curator” and a gaming producer, both from Los Angeles. Lastly, a cloud technology manager from San Francisco made the cut, according to Fox News.
“This first wave of new talent to the northwest Arkansas region generated by the ‘Life Works Here’ campaign is just a sampling of the exceptional individuals we’ve been able to attract to our region with the incentive program,” Northwest Arkansas Council CEO Nelson Peacock said in a press release.
Peacock adds that the program was “overwhelmed by the unbelievable response.” Additionally, the applicants included people from all 50 states and more than 115 countries.
Natural State Launches ‘Life Works Here’ Program
The initiative launched last November, thanks in part to the Walton Family Foundation. The Foundation pledged $1 million to offer to new residents. Moreover, the program is still accepting applicants.
“Professionals all over the country are starting to see the benefits of life in the Heartland, and Bentonville and Northwest Arkansas are at the top of the list,” Steuart Walton said in a press release.
While the area might be better-known for its recreation opportunities, some major companies call the Ozarks home. Some of them include Walmart, Tyson Foods, and J.B. Hunt Transport Services.
If you’re wondering how to qualify for the program, there are several boxes you have to check. First, aspiring Arkansas residents must be ready to sign a lease for local housing or buy a home. Then you have to meet the 24-years or older age requirement.
Candidates must have at least two years of work experience and be employed full time. Plus, candidates need to be able to move within six months. They must be a U.S. citizen or be able to work legally in the U.S. and currently live outside Arkansas.
Arkansas’ ideal candidates would also check the STEAM professionals or entrepreneurs box, the website states. Additionally, they’re looking for people “who will add to the vibrancy of our community.”