That offer is on the table, as is a similar one from Niagara Falls, NY, to newly minted college gradudates. The Kansas Department of Commerce just started a five-year pilot called the Rural Opportunity Zone program aimed at bring young blood into rural counties.
The deal is pretty good - for a five year commitment, you get $15,000 toward students loans and a waiver of state taxes. Jobs for college grads are available in both the private and public sector. Both are using the offer as part of their recruitment packages. Fifty counties are in the pilot and each has lost about 10% of its population since the last census.
So, does geograpy matter more? Or does starting to pay back those loans?
- Here and Now (WBUR)