Remote Shoals program offers $10,000 for tech industry employees to relocate

SEDA will pay tech industry workers up to $10,000 to relocate to the Shoals and work remotely.

Posted: Jun 4, 2019 12:51 PM
Updated: Jun 4, 2019 6:52 PM

Do you need $10,000? Pack up and move to the Shoals!

The Shoals Economic Development Authority (SEDA) is offering people big bucks to live in the Shoals and work remotely.

"The community is growing in a lot of different ways," said Jay Hayes, a software engineer for a tech company.

Hayes works in the tech industry remotely from home, and he said he's always wanted to be home in the Shoals.

"We talk a lot about cost of living and that's fantastic. It's effectively a raise for me to live here versus somewhere else and work at the same place I do," said Hayes.

The remote Shoals program is geared toward people like Hayes. SEDA will pay up to $10,000 for someone in the tech industry to relocate to the Shoals and work remotely. If they choose you, you have to move to the Shoals within six months.

"They have to live here for a year, but we think if they get here, they will stay longer than a year," said Kevin Jackson, the president of SEDA. "They must make over $52,000 in the tech industry or tech-related job in a company, and they cannot be a current resident of the Shoals, so that's the main criteria."

Jackson said they launched this program to be different and competitive with other cities in the state.

"We really want to grow our tech and labor force, and I think this is the best way to do it, and I think our community shows so well, we won't have any problems," said Jackson.

Hayes said he thinks the program will be a success, too.

"I've been really excited to share the remote Shoals program in particular with my co-workers also, because we have a pretty big engineering team and frankly, I think if they were willing to take the risk, they'd fall in love with the place like we have," said Hayes.

They are going to select about 10 people to join the remote Shoals program. If you want to apply, click here.

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