Reduced cost of living, better quality of life
BLOOMINGTON, Ind., January 25, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Last fall, Taylor R., senior designer for the Washington Postand her husband, a National Geographic contractor, packed their bags and their cat and set off from washington d.c. in their new home Bloomington, Indiana. Taylor was one of 14 people accepted into Bloomington Remote, a remote worker recruitment program from The milla nonprofit center for entrepreneurship and coworking.
Remote workers crave creative and human connection.
Find out why remote workers are leaving traditional tech hubs: https://www.bloomingtonremote.com/
“When we started this program, we had a few raised eyebrows,” said Pat East, General Manager of the Mill. “We don’t offer a cash incentive, and most programs for remote workers are run by municipalities. But we’ve found that remote workers crave creative and human connection. Our community of startups and of coworking makes it easier for transplant recipients to feel at home.”
For Taylor and her husband, the cost of living was a big motivator. “Moving here was like getting an instant raise,” she told The Mill.
Program participants enjoy three years of free coworking at The Mill, an iconic historic space. Applicants must live outside of Indianahave a full-time remote job and move within the year.
“Bloomington Remote brings creative, tech-savvy and diverse people to our community,” the mayor said. John Hamilton. “We look forward to welcoming this year’s cohort of new Bloomingtonians.”
Indiana is becoming a competitive state for tech talent, and in 2021, Bloomington had been named Indiana Booming tech city. The city also received a $3.5 million federal grant to build a new technology center to support Bloomington’s booming startup ecosystem.
The tech community draws Bloomington Remote attendees Blake R., a cybersecurity engineer, and Pablo F., a data science company founder. Others enjoy the arts scene and the outdoor life. UX writer Lauren S. knew Bloomington by its reputation for improv comedy, but had never visited. Software engineer and rock climber Ritchel C. Fashion historian and YouTube influencer Abby C. couldn’t remember either. Bloomington love from college. Native Hoosiers Luke and Andi wanted to be closer to their family after years in a small Bay Area apartment.
“The pandemic is pushing remote workers to seek a fresh start and a better quality of life,” East noted. “Bloomington offers cultural richness without the hassle and costs of big cities.”
Bloomington is home for Indiana University, with top-rated music, business, environmental policy, and computer science schools. A Democratic stronghold, Bloomington is known in Indiana for its progressive culture, college basketball, outdoor recreation, and 60-block arts and entertainment district.
Bloomington Remote provides relocation assistance through Century 21 Scheetz, concierge onboarding, networking events, bank rebates and other benefits, with financial support from the City of Bloomington.
See eligibility and application details at BloomingtonRemote.com.
About the mill
The mill (https://www.dimensionmill.org/) is to the south Indiana larger coworking space. Its mission is to drive Bloomington’s innovation economy by launching and accelerating startups. Its vision is to become Indiana center of gravity of entrepreneurship.
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SOURCE The Mill