West Virginia’s cash-for-worker program adds 4th destination

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A program offering cash and free outdoor adventures to remote workers to move to West Virginia with the hope of offsetting population losses has welcomed 143 new residents since its launch.

The public-private program Ascend West Virginia on Tuesday added a fourth destination where out-of-state workers can apply to live.

Applications are being accepted immediately for the Elkins area in the northeastern part of the state, as well as three other previously announced areas.

Successful applicants will receive $12,000 along with free passes to indulge in whitewater rafting, golf, rock climbing, horseback riding, skiing and ziplining.

The 2020 census found that West Virginia lost a greater percentage of its residents than any other state in the past decade.