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Remote Worker Program

Emphasizing community, purpose and the outdoors, Ascend WV is designed to support remote workers as they relocate to West Virginia in pursuit of high quality of life and an outdoor-driven lifestyle.

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With young talent valuing experiences and choosing where to live first, the Smith OEDC showcases how West Virginia has an unparalleled quality of life that provides the ability to live an outdoor lifestyle while still having a fulfilling career.

Our launching point for this work is a remote worker incentive and retention program, Ascend WV.

Emphasizing community, purpose, and the outdoors, Ascend WV is designed to support remote workers and their families as they relocate to West Virginia in pursuit of high quality of life and an outdoor-driven lifestyle. A collaboration between the West Virginia Department of Tourism and West Virginia University, communities within Morgantown, Lewisburg and Shepherdstown include numerous benefits:

  • $12,000 financial incentive;
  • Free Outdoor Recreation Package and outdoor equipment rentals for members;
  • Professional advancement through remote work certifications from WVU and access to the university's entrepreneurship ecosystem; and
  • Social programming and community building via networking and outdoor adventures.

WVU’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research completed an analysis for the first three locations of the program that shows significant economic impact for the state and creation of new businesses and jobs.

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Header & Ascend WV Image Credit: West Virginia Department of Tourism

Ascend WV

Emily Huguenin

Director

Emily Huguenin leads the Ascend WV program as its director. She comes with a wealth of experience in team leadership and program development, which is an asset to the remote worker program as it expands into new locations and initiatives take the program to new heights.

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