The state of West Virginia, which earlier this year offered remote workers $12,000 in cash if they relocated there for two years, now is seeking to tempt more applicants by paying some of their mortgage closing costs, Insider reported.
The initial program to lure remote workers with cash, called Ascend West Virginia, selected 53 people among 7,500 applicants, the report said, citing a statement by Governor Jim Justice.
Those selected for the program will relocate to Morgantown, it added.
Because of the program’s popularity, the state will offer all 7,500 applicants $2,500 off their closing costs if they purchase a home in West Virginia, Justice said.
“As soon as I heard how many applications were pouring in, I knew the team had to think bigger,” he said in the statement. “If this many people wanted to live and work in West Virginia, we had to do everything we could to make that a reality.”