Undeniably, the COVID-19 pandemic has transformed the way we work. Telecommuting and remote work are no longer simply a trend, but rather here to stay. Remote worker / resident attraction has emerged as a powerful way to tie opportunity to place and can fill a key missing piece in today’s local downtown and community development efforts. There is a growing shift away from business attraction to resident attraction that focuses on individuals and place-based strategies. Remote workers tend to bring their, often well paying, jobs with them to their new communities. These workers base their decisions on natural resources and quality of life factors instead of job locations. Attracting these remote workers in your community and downtown can increase local spending and investment opportunities.
In partnership with Virginia Main Street (VMS) and the National Main Street Center (NMSC), up to three selected communities will learn to leverage the remote work opportunities as part of a comprehensive downtown revitalization strategy. Technical assistance will be provided to analyze the demand, target market, and place-based gaps in supporting remote workers. This segment will include the development of a remote work assessment tool, a summary report with a set of recommendations and resource options. Building upon that analysis, each community will be provided with a Project Feasibility Report relating to a Place-Based and/or Program Recommendation.
If interested, click here to complete the Request for Interest form, and return it to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “WORK FROM HOME PILOT RFI” no later than 12:00 p.m. EST on April 4, 2022. Notification of acceptance into the pilot program will be made by April 28, 2022.
If selected for the pilot program, the community will receive approximately $10,000 worth of technical assistance services. The community will be required to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with Virginia DHCD.