By: John Fernandez | CRP, GMS, SSB

April 4, 2023

Check Out These U.S. Cities with Relocation Benefits Programs

Moving to a new place for a new job can be an excellent move for your career and your personal life. Starting somewhere fresh can give new beginnings and new opportunities. But what if the new company does not offer a competitive relocation package? Relocating for a position can be expensive, especially for an employee paying out of pocket; however, if the employee faces a once-in-lifetime job opportunity that cannot be turned down, making the decision even harder. 

A lot goes into the relocation process, from the home sale and purchase costs, movers to travel funds, and even food and temporary housing costs come into play. Even if the new job does not offer the employee relocation benefits, it might not be the end of the opportunity just yet. 

Many U.S. cities and states offer relocation incentive programs to take advantage of. Corporate relocation state subsidy programs are designed to help cover the cost for people moving for a job opportunity. Depending on the program, these incentives may apply to the entire state, region, or city. Here are some cities with the best relocation programs, with many of the programs focused on enticing remote workers in today’s new normal.

Cities & States with Relocation Benefits Programs

When looking for a new job, consider these relocation incentive programs offered by each city or state. Depending on what the relocation assistance covers, it could significantly reduce the cost of moving while also helping to break a tie between two employer offers.

Tulsa, OK

This remote working program is an innovative one. Tulsa offers workers up to $10,000 cash to help with relocation costs and a free workplace within an office space for any remote worker who moves to and works from the city. All employees have to do to qualify for the program is be at least 18 years old, work remotely in a full-time job, be eligible to work within the U.S., and be able to move to Tulsa within 12 months of accepting the relocation incentive.

Northwest Arkansas

To attract professional talent, the Northwest Arkansas Council offers incentives of up to a $10,000 lump sum for those looking to relocate. Recipients will also be given a free street or mountain bike to use on the new 162 miles of paved trails, the 37-acre Razorback Regional Greenway, and the region’s 322 miles of mountain biking trails. If a bike doesn’t suit the fancy of the moving worker, participants can also choose an annual membership to arts and cultural institutions.

Newton, Iowa

In 2014, Newton, Iowa, initiated The Newton Housing Initiative to boost home buying and construction. Investing in Newton’s infrastructure with a $190,000+ home yields a $10,000 cash incentive plus a “Get to Know Newton” package worth ~$2,500, with discounts at local stores and eateries.

To be eligible for this program, you must buy or build a new home worth $190,000. The reward is given at the final loan signing, and a certified appraiser must appraise the home’s value. The Newton home’s construction has to be completed before you receive the incentive, confirmed with proof of occupancy by the City of Newton. Rental properties do not qualify for this relocation program.

Savannah, GA

The Savannah Technology Workforce Incentive is willing to reimburse relocating employees up to $2,000 of relocation expenses. To qualify, applicants must be willing to work with a technology company in the region, be self-employed, or be remote workers looking to relocate to Savannah. Additionally, the employee must relocate within 12 months, have a minimum one-year lease or purchase property, and have resided in the county for 30 days before being able to apply

Tucson, AZ

Thinking of living in the desert? StartupTucson offers incentives totaling up to $7,500 in cash and moving services. Relocation funds, internet setup, and housing support are just some of this program’s benefits

The Shoals, AL

Another program geared toward remote workers, this relocation benefits package, is willing to pay moving employees $10,000 cash, which can go a long way in the low cost of the living area of The Shoals. To be eligible for the money, workers must have a minimum annual income of $52,000, be able to move within six months, be full-time employees, and be at least 18 years old. $2,500 of the incentive is given upfront for moving costs. The rest is given in two payments, the first after six months and the last after a year.

GMS Can Help Relocating Employees Utilize Relocation Incentive Programs

Are you a company that has been exploring innovative new ways to utilize a remote workforce? GMS can help you craft creative relocation policies while maximizing the relocation incentives programs offered by various state and local governments across the U.S. Contact us today to discuss how your company can obtain and retain the best talent from anywhere in the country and how to do so affordably.

Or if you’re an employee looking to take advantage of relocating on remote work policies, then feel free to contact as well. GMS is happy to announce our new Employee Choice Program, where we help remote workers get network pricing on moving services as they relocate to an unknown destination.

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Executive Vice President John oversees global operations, marketing, business development as well as reporting and analytics. John’s 23 years of mobility experience include excellence in varied positions such as Relocation Counselor, International Assignment Manager, Manager of Latin American Operations, Director of International Operations, Global Account Executive, Vice President of Sales and Vice President of Global Services. The depth of John’s mobility experience also includes multiple assignments and domestic relocations of his own. He has lived and conducted business around the globe and speaks multiple languages.

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