Arkansas will give you $10,000 and a mountain bike to move there

Man with a black mask doing a hike in a National park in Ozark, Arkansas. (Photo: Getty Images)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) — If you've ever dreamed about moving away from crowded cities and suburbs, especially with a pandemic going on, here's an opportunity to go through with it – and get paid to do so.

The Life Works Here initiative is offering potential residents payment of $10,000 to relocate to Northwest Arkansas. You'll also receive a street or mountain bike to help you navigate the region's 162 miles of paved trails and 322 miles of mountain biking trails.

If you're not into biking, you can opt for an annual membership to one of the local cultural institutions instead, such as the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

The Life Works Here initiative was created by the Northwest Arkansas Council, which is investing $1 million into the program to attract top talent to the region.

In addition to the outdoor lifestyle opportunities and nationally-ranked arts and culture scene, those candidates can take advantage of Northwest Arkansas's 10,000+ job openings and per capita income that’s 14% higher than the national average.

“Right now we know a lot of people are re-evaluating their priorities and their lifestyle,” said Nelson Peacock, President and CEO of the Northwest Arkansas Council. “We are seizing the opportunity to capture attention at this time when many employers have extended work from home opportunities and employees — knowing they can work from anywhere — are reconsidering where they are living and what they are prioritizing.”

To learn more and to submit an application, click here.