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  • A small midwestern town is offering a range of incentives to lure workers away from big cities.
  • Marsh noted that the town of 12,000 worked with MakeMyMove, an online remote marketplace that matches prospective residents with cities across the U.S.
  • A few of the incentives curated by the site include a one-year membership to the local YMCA, free gift cards to the farmers market and access to a program called “Grandparents on Demand.”

A small midwestern town is offering a range of incentives — including $5,000 in moving expenses and home cooked meals — to lure workers away from big cities.

“What we’re doing is we’re showing those that maybe live in New York, Chicago, Atlanta, San Francisco — outside of the Midwest — that you can keep your job that you have, where you’re working remotely,” Greensburg, Indiana Mayor Joshua Marsh told FOX 59.

“You’re paying a very high cost of living, maybe in an unsafe environment, or the school systems aren’t great… (but) you can move here to Greensburg Indiana and we will set you up,” Marsh continued. 


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The mayor noted that the town of 12,000 worked with MakeMyMove, an online remote marketplace that matches prospective residents with cities across the U.S. A few of the incentives curated by the site include a one-year membership to the local YMCA, free gift cards to the farmers market, and access to a program called “Grandparents on Demand.”

“I am willing to be a grandma to anyone’s child who needs that person in their life,” Executive Director for the Decatur County Community Foundation Tami Wenning told FOX 59. “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 and not knowing the area.” 

“Not knowing who you could trust and there are a lot of trustworthy people but when you first move to a new town, you’re not gonna know that… but you can trust me,” she added. 

The town has taken steps to ensure that remote workers will not shy away from small-town living over fear of a shoddy internet connection, Marsh added. 

“From the technology component, we’re ready to meet that demand to welcome these residences who need to work remotely and can do that from here,” he said. 


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Published on Oct 26, 2021