CHARLESTON, WV (STL.News) Gov. Jim Justice today announced the launch of the nation’s premier remote work program, aimed at recruiting outdoor enthusiast professionals to the Mountain State. The program, called Ascend WV, supported by West Virginia native Brad D. Smith and his wife, Alys, will allow adventurers to enjoy world-class recreation, uncrowded spaces, and a low cost of living while staying fully connected to their jobs, and it comes with the country’s best remote worker incentive package: $12,000 and a year’s worth of free outdoor recreation.
Gov. Justice, Intuit Chairman Brad D. Smith and his wife, Alys, and West Virginia University (WVU) President E. Gordon Gee gathered virtually for the event this morning. There was tremendous support from local mayors and county officials from the program’s first three host cities – Morgantown, Shepherdstown, and Lewisburg.
“Today, we are rolling out the red carpet and inviting remote workers from across the country to make Almost Heaven, West Virginia their new home,” Gov. Justice said. “I couldn’t be more proud of the dream team that we’ve assembled to get this program off the ground. From the generous support of our private partners, Brad and Alys Smith, to my landmark legislation (HB 2026) passed by the Legislature, and the educational foundation laid by WVU, this collaboration has developed a program that will leave a lasting impact on our great state forevermore.”
During Monday’s event, Gov.