Incentives Roundtable: New Findings on Remote Worker Attraction Programs

4:00 pm EDT

As more people are able to work from – and live – anywhere, states and localities are increasingly offering incentives targeting remote workers. The move to remote and hybrid work in response to the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the trend, with dozens of new programs emerging in the last two years. Will these worker attraction efforts be effective?

This roundtable will present findings from recent evaluations of two of the longest-standing remote worker attraction programs: the Vermont New Remote Workers Grant Program and Tulsa Remote, both launched in 2018. As early adopters of remote worker incentives, both places offer important lessons to communities that offer or are considering offering incentives to attract remote workers.

Ellen Harpel, Smart Incentives


Deanna Kimball, PFM Group Consulting
Joan Goldstein, Commissioner, Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development
Kenan Fikri, Economic Innovation Group

This SEDE event was open to a larger audience given staff interest in the issue.  The Recording and
slides used in the presentations are available online.  A white paper and blog summarizing the session are also available.