Greensburg, Indiana, is the latest small city trying to lure more remote workers to move there.
Spanning less than 10 square miles in Decatur County, government officials are offering people $5,000 to live in the town, with an additional $2,000 worth of gift cards to support local businesses.
Home to a population of 12,000 people, the city of Greensburg is also providing a year-long membership to their local co-working space and the YMCA.
Greensburg Mayor Joshua Marsh told local station Fox 59 that the move is an effort to convince people from bigger cities like San Francisco and New York about the benefits of a Midwestern lifestyle. Marsh added that some of the ongoing benefits even include open invitations to home-cooked meals at their friendly neighborhood homes.
And if that’s not enough, they are also helping remote workers with children through their “Grandparents on Demand” program.
The service will couple new residents with local senior citizens who will babysit and act as stand-ins at students’ Grandparent’s Day, free of charge.
“I am willing to be a grandma to anyone’s child who needs that person in their life,” Tami Wenning, the executive director for the Decatur County Community Foundation, told the local station. “Our community is just really warm and welcoming to people and I just want people to come here and feel good about the choice that they made.”
The incentives will remain in place for anyone who decides to move there within the next 12 months.
But Greensburg isn’t the only city with these types of enticements in place.
According to Insider, at least 19 states, cities and towns have been willing to pay people to move there, ranging from Tulsa, Oklahoma, to Tucson, Arizona.
And while many big cities saw people flee during the coronavirus pandemic, more and more individuals are flocking back to the cities as businesses reopen.
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