State Economic Development Webinar


Incentives Roundtable: New Findings on Remote Worker Attraction Programs

April 5, 2022

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM ET

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, Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development

Kenan Fikri, Economic Innovation Group The SEDE Network engage in regular activities throughout the year. The State Economic Development Executives (SEDE) Network Steering Committee includes: Stefan Pryor (RI), Chair; Sandra Watson (AZ), Vice Chair; Julie Anderson (AK); Mike Preston (AR); Kurt Foreman (DE); Don Pierson (LA); Kevin McKinnon (MN); Chris Chung (NC); Alicia Keyes (NM); Michael Brown (NV); Andrew Deye (OH); Adriana Cruz (TX); Joan Goldstein (VT); Mike Graney (WV). 

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