Written by Alyssa Walker

The land of lush summer gardens, maple syrup, fall foliage, and ski trails beckons.

Vermont's government recently decided to offer up to $10,000 for folks to settle and work in the Green Mountain state.

What do you have to do? You have to have a full-time job with an out-of-state employer and be ready to commit to becoming a full-time Vermonter. 

The goal of the program? To increase the current population of just 623,657 (as of July 2017) with young, mobile workers who will settle and help to increase the population. 

Funding will be available to prospective Green Mountain State residents first-come, first-serve, starting January 2019. Successful applicants will receive up to $5,000 per year for two years. 

The funding will cover relocation costs, broadband access, and membership at a co-working space. 

Total funding for the project tops out at $125,000 in 2019, $250,000 in 2020, and $125,000 in 2021. Assuming there's still funding after that, the state plans to invest $100,000 per year after that. 

Vermont is looking at other ways to attract more full-time residents, too. Its Stay to Stay weekend program encourages weekenders to network with local professionals for work.

Vermont's governor, Phil Scott said of the Stay to Stay Program, "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." He added, "We must think outside the box to help more Vermonters enter the labor force and attract more working families and young professionals to Vermont."

Alyssa Walker is a freelance writer, educator, and nonprofit consultant. She lives in the White Mountains of New Hampshire with her family.
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