Topeka, the capital city of the state of Kansas has announced a new program offering potential new residents up to $15,000 to move there.
Topeka City and Shawnee County economic development groups have announced that a pilot program called "Choose Topeka" will match employer funds put up for people who move to Topeka and live and work there for a year, according to CNN.
Under the program, new residents who rent houses will be paid up to $10,000 and $15,000 to people who purchase or rehabilitate a home, a news release from the Greater Topeka Partnership stated.
"Choose Topeka was created with the intention of investing in employees to live and work in Topeka & Shawnee County, so that we may foster an 'intentional community,' one of community support builders," said Barbara Stapleton, vice president of Business Retention and Talent Initiatives for GO Topeka, an organization of the Greater Topeka Partnership.
The program is a partnership between GO Topeka and the Joint Economic Development Organization. The release notes that the funds are available for 40 to 60 new residents in the program's initial run.
“The performance-based incentives only kick in a year after the employee has relocated and could be used for all types of moving-related expenses," the release says.
"Moving costs alone to move a 1-2 bedroom apartment can range from $4,000 to $7,000 and for a 3-4 bedroom home, range from $10,000 to $16,000, depending on the distance and location," it adds.