Beckley Remote welcomes remote working families to Beckley
The City of Beckley along with The Beckley-Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce held a Welcome Reception for our first Beckley Remote Workers relocating to our community. A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony also was held marking the opening of the Beckley Remote Workspace at Historic Black Knight Municipal Park at 2400 South Kanawha Street, Beckley WV.z
Help us Welcome our Beckley Remote Workers to our Community
The City of Beckley along with the Beckley-Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce are excited to announce the recruitment of five (5) remote workers to the Beckley Remote program. Three (3) of these remote workers, Daniel Barr, Brandon Zitting and Eli Tudor arrived in July and two others, Paul Bracco and Rebecca Benjamin are set to arrive in December.
The remote worker program is a collaborative strategy between the City Of Beckley and the Chamber of Commerce to attract new people and their talent to the area in an era of decreasing population. In 2021, City Council approved $50,000 to be used to incentivize ten (10) remote workers $5,000 each to relocate to Beckley / Raleigh County for a minimum of two years.
“There are many organizations working on economic development strategies for the region whether it’s the NRGRDA recruiting new manufacturers, Visit Southern West Virginia attracting travelers and creating jobs in tourism or past efforts of the chamber to attract retirees, it’s all done to create economic activity that is subject to taxation. That taxation is what sustains the infrastructure and services that our community needs,” says Michelle Rotellini, CEO & President of the Chamber of Commerce.
The initial cohort of five (5) remote workers will arrive in 2022 with another five (5) remote workers arriving in 2023.
Corey Lilly, Director of Outdoor Economic Development for the City of Beckley says, “Remote work has taken the nation by storm, and those talented remote workers have the flexibility to choose the communities they want to invest in—Beckley’s remote program signals to this new skillful workforce that they are supported in their careers and invites them to join our West Virginia way of life.”
Our area is one of the top destinations in the country for outdoor recreation tourism. Now, with programs like Beckley Remote, it is becoming one of the top locations to relocate as a remote worker who shares the same wild and wonderful West Virginia values.