The Offer

There’s a reason that 50 years ago John Denver coined West Virginia as Almost Heaven in his hit song Take Me Home, Country Roads, and we’d like to share it with you. Mountain living is just within your grasp, so take a look at what we have to offer.

The Story

Having reached the greatest heights of business success in Silicon Valley and beyond, Brad Smith could not escape the magnetic pull of his home state. One thing became clear: West Virginia was drawing him back to the mountains that made him. With the minds of visionaries, Brad and Alys Smith made a transformational investment in Almost Heaven that is changing the landscape of remote work forever. Ascend WV was born with the mission of sharing West Virginia’s unbeatable quality of life with remote workers just like you.

 

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Explore The Offer Valued at over $20,000

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$12,000 Cash

As if life in West Virginia isn’t prize enough, we’ll actually pay you $12,000 to move here. No strings attached. Over the course of the first year in your new mountain town, you’ll receive $10,000. That’s right. You’ll get $10-grand just for moving here. When you fall in love with Almost Heaven (and we’re sure you will) you’ll receive an additional $2,000 for your second year in West Virginia. Whether you put this $12,000 towards a new car for scenic drives down our country roads or a new mountain bike, it’s totally up to you. It’s true what they say: Money goes further in the mountains.

How Does It Work
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Free Outdoor Recreation

Stretch your legs and give your lunchbreak a refresh in the great outdoors. Here, nothing is off-limits. Go for a hike in your backyard or try your hand at high-speed adventure with rafting, off-roading and climbing. Trust us, these activities will give you just the energy you need for your next video conferencing call. With a year of FREE activities like whitewater rafting and downhill skiing, your explorer’s heart will be right at home. To sweeten the deal, we’ll also give you access to free outdoor gear rentals for you, your family and your friends. Adventure awaits.

Let's hit the trails
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Coworking Space

Need to step away from your home office and get a fresh perspective? We’ve got you covered! Program participants will have access to free coworking space in the heart of a bustling mountain town. Get to know your neighbors or collaborate with other entrepreneurs. This modern space will give you the room you need, while leaving you feeling more connected than ever to the community you now call home. Find your focus and enjoy your best work-life balance yet by day and take part in networking events or cornhole tournaments by night. Come in the morning and grab a coffee from the kitchen and get to remote working and then rent a bike for free from the gear library and join us for a lunchtime ride around town.

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Social Programming

Finding your circle in West Virginia is easy. To help you acclimate to your new home among the hills, we have several events up our sleeve. Enjoy your very own Country Roads tour, an outdoor focused welcome trip, completely on us. Here, you’ll get to explore West Virginia’s iconic landmarks and discover a few of our favorite hidden gems. Make lasting connections with your new neighbors and their families, all while discovering the best of West Virginia. Connect with local ambassadors in your new community through special events and outdoor experiences to make you feel like home the moment you arrive. From group bike rides and paddleboard yoga to weekend adventures and farm-to-table dinners, let us help you discover the place you belong.

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Professional Development and Entrepreneurial Assistance

We can tell you have adventure on the mind, but we also know that innovation is at your core. To help you continue on a journey of growth, let us connect you with a variety of professional and entrepreneurial programs. By moving to West Virginia, you can earn a Remote Worker or Remote Manager Certification through the John Chambers College of Business and Economics at West Virginia University. Or connect with one of our business-building resources and receive assistance to launch your own entrepreneurial initiatives or grow your business. Here, we believe we’re stronger when we rise together. We can’t wait to see you reach new heights in West Virginia.

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Outdoor Recreation Asset Enhancement and Development

West Virginia is a beloved adventure destination with tremendous outdoor recreation resources. With a love for our mountains and the people who live among them, we will be focusing attention on enhancing existing outdoor assets and developing new opportunities. Fueled by a $16 million investment, we will continue to create user-friendly experiences, reduce barriers to access and increase participation for our trails, waterways and beyond. These strategic investments into our outdoor recreation infrastructure will benefit both the state’s new and current residents while keeping West Virginia a beautiful place to live, work and play.

compare your cost of living in west virginia

Does it all sound too good to be true? Let the numbers speak for themselves. Kiss traffic jams goodbye and get ready to enjoy some serious savings!

Sources: Sperling’s Best Places 2021

compared to
Washington, D.C.
New York City
Los Angeles
Pittsburgh
Baltimore
Columbus, OH
Charlotte
78.1
West Virginia

Cost of Living Index

152.1
Washington, D.C.

Cost of Living Index

$96,400
West Virginia

Median Home Cost

$556,700
Washington, D.C.

Median Home Cost

78.1
West Virginia

Cost of Living Index

187.2
New York City

Cost of Living Index

$96,400
West Virginia

Median Home Cost

$680,500
New York City

Median Home Cost

78.1
West Virginia

Cost of Living Index

173.3
Los Angeles

Cost of Living Index

$96,400
West Virginia

Median Home Cost

$689,500
Los Angeles

Median Home Cost

78.1
West Virginia

Cost of Living Index

87.5
Pittsburgh

Cost of Living Index

$96,400
West Virginia

Median Home Cost

$143,400
Pittsburgh

Median Home Cost

78.1
West Virginia

Cost of Living Index

88.2
Baltimore

Cost of Living Index

$96,400
West Virginia

Median Home Cost

$114,300
Baltimore

Median Home Cost

78.1
West Virginia

Cost of Living Index

85.5
lower housing costs

Cost of Living Index

$96,400
West Virginia

Median Home Cost

$157,700
outdoor recreation

Median Home Cost

78.1
West Virginia

Cost of Living Index

98.9
lower housing costs

Cost of Living Index

$96,400
West Virginia

Median Home Cost

$228,800
outdoor recreation

Median Home Cost

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