Get Paid To Relocate To Small Rural Towns

Discussion in 'General Survival and Preparedness' started by 3M-TA3, Dec 23, 2017.

  1. 3M-TA3

    3M-TA3 Cold Wet Monkey Site Supporter++

    Maybe a good opportunity for some urban monkeys looking for rural relocation:

    "Towns in rural America are attempting to revitalize their increasingly anemic communities by incentivizing people to move out to the countryside.

    Cash grants, student loan pay offs and free land giveaways are just some of the enticements smaller communities are offering to a younger generation of Americans looking to leave the big city, where in some places individuals can utilize up to $80,000 worth of incentives to relocate. ..."​

    Read more here: Rural towns are trying to get Americans to move | Daily Mail Online
  2. Dunerunner

    Dunerunner Brewery Monkey Moderator

    Baltimore, Maryland??
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  3. chelloveck

    chelloveck Diabolus Causidicus

    Similar schemes have been tried in some parts of Australia, with varying degrees of success. The drift to the cities is unrelenting, and there is little to keep young people in the country towns and villages once they have finished their schooling.
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  4. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    Baltimore, indeed? And the ski towns in Colorado? Methinks there's a statistical error or three in the article. That said, Baltimore is hurtin' fer certin' and could use some new blood after bleeding out the bad.
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  5. duane

    duane Monkey+++

    Many years ago worked for AT&T telephone company maintaining radio relay towers. About once a month they tried to get me to leave El Paso Texas and go to someplace like Green River Utah, or someplace in western Colorado. Since the towers were on the highest points, they tended to be in the middle of no where. The power company had similar problems with line repair, as did the rail road and pipe line companies. Don't know what it is like now. In 1966 I was offered a job in Dell City Texas maintaining a small telephone companies equipment, came with job, house, car, phone, television service, etc. Not saying the offer was made in desperation, but their repairman quit, the long distance was down, and the mayor and a couple other people drove about 80 or so miles to El Paso and wanted someone to go back with them and get the phones back up. Boss sent me and I fixed it but I didn't take the job. Used to hear similar stories about west Texas, New Mexico, Utah, etc needing school teachers, medical people, electrical people etc in the 1960's and had offers a couple times to go weird places by the civilian contractors for White Sands Military base and some of the outlying places. My brother lives in a small town in Kansas, worked part time for a small grocery store as a meat cutter, the only grocery store in town or within about 30 miles. When the owner died, the store closed and after a couple weeks my brother and his wife reopened it after the town gave it to them. There are a lot of places in the USA and other wheres that are dying or being murdered. Kind of raises heck with an area when you stop logging, cattle ranching, change from a good tourist industry to a wilderness area, take the tax base and make it a Federal area, the water runs out, the price of cotton, beef, etc drops below what cost to raise in that area, etc. No jobs, no tax base for police or schools, not enough students to run a school, but requirements for education, etc can destroy an area and we have major organized and well funded groups that believe that depopulating an area is a worthy goal. If you have good skills, including people skills, there are a lot of jobs available in rural areas, but the wages, benefits, access to medical care, educational facilities, shopping, etc will not be what you would get in an urban area. While some expenses are lower, housing being one, many other things will actually cost more due to transportation costs, smaller high cost operations, and nothing will be less than the national prices. Good life, but it can be a difficult life. Been there, done it, got the t-shirt.

    Would be willing to bet that BTPost would be our resident expert on how to live in remote areas, its good points and its bad, and have some relevant information on the pitfalls of trying to do it "cold turkey" before things go totally south.
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  6. techsar

    techsar Monkey+++

    "incentivizing" ? Spell check may have it, but imho too many nouns are being misused as verbs.

    Small communities are the lifeblood of this country, and the sooner folks realize this the better. Folks being politicians, specifically.
  7. SB21

    SB21 Monkey+++

    I'm sure Baltimore could use some decent new blood , but me thinks good ole Baltimore may have a little more bleeding to do before it will attract very much new blood of much actual value.
  8. BTPost

    BTPost Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator

    I did my time as an AT&T LongLines Microwave Tech in Remote areas like SE Idaho... Drive as far as you could drive, towing a Snow-Go on a Trailer, Snow-Go as far as you could go, up the side of a Mountain, Strap on the Snow-Shoes, and hike up to the Site, Dig down to the Door, unfeeze the Lock, Go in, and reset the Popped Breaker, Call the Operations Center on the OrderWire, Confirm they are back on the Main System.... Then reverse the Process, all the way back to town.... and collect the Callout Money... Such a deal... Good Money, but very hard on the college career.... Dang. Opertions Dudes always messing with the Power Klystron Current, and popping the Breaker... Now days it is all carried on Fiber, but back then it was ALL TD2 Systems...
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  9. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Moderator Moderator

    So Colorado is looking for people to live there but not workers? That seems odd but this sounds like a Hickenlooper idea.
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  10. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    Yup. Looking for tax payers, not service consumers. Prefers property owners. There are plenty, it seems, seasonal jobs for the hobby jobseekers that are already well heeled.. Colo has been that way since the 70s that I know of. Was thinking to move there after the Wyoming job finished, but went to WA instead. Colo job salary wasn't up to the property costs.
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  11. 3M-TA3

    3M-TA3 Cold Wet Monkey Site Supporter++

    We aren't the droids they're looking for...
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