$12,000, a Free Co-Working Space, All Expense Paid Outdoor Rec Options …and One Big Catch

Want to shake your life up a little? Feeling sort of bored with the post-pandemic return to a relative state of normalcy and looking to make a move? Well, we’ve got some good news. A significant life shuffle package is yours for the taking that includes a no-strings-attached $12,000 check, a free co-working space, all expense paid outdoor recreation options including free gear rentals and even options for remote work certifications. You, being a smart, savvy student of modernity are probably wondering what the catch is. Well, there is one. You’ve gotta be willing to move to the wildness of West Virginia.

The state of West Virginia has launched a new program called Ascend WV, which will accept applications to put down roots in Morgantown, West Virginia. The program is being privately funded by West Virginia native Brad D. Smith and his wife Alys as a way to encouraging more outdoors-y types to give the Mountain State a shot. And while it may not leap to the top of your travel destinations, West Virginia is well loved by adventure seekers. Travel and Leisure calls it an “outdoor-lover’s paradise,” praising its

…2,032 miles of whitewater, 4,000 rock climbing routes, 1.5 million acres of public lands, 1,500 miles of public trails and America’s most recent national park: New River Gorge Park and Preserve. The state also has offbeat attractions, like the Green Bank Observatory and the National Radio Quiet Zone. But there are also plenty of places to indulge and unwind, like The Greenbrier, a legendary resort in White Sulphur Springs.

Well, that doesn’t sound so bad. And when an extra 12 large in your pocket and all-expense paid opportunities to enjoy the outdoors, the “one big catch” here isn’t sounding too bad, is it?

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The program plans on expanding in the near future to include other West Virginia towns like Shepherdstown and Lewisburg. Sound up your alley? You can apply here.

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