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June 13, 2019

Some rural states double down on attracting new residents

  • Maine, Vermont, South Dakota and others have launched programs to encourage more people to live and work there.
    Associated Press

    BENNINGTON, Vt. — With jobs unfilled and young people moving away, some rural states are doubling down on efforts to attract new blood by expanding programs that offer incentives to live there.

    Over the past decade, states including South Dakota, Maine and Vermont have lured new residents with financial incentives or job help in areas that need a boost. Vermont launched its program last year, and it's already beefing up for 2020.

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