This may sound suspicious, but African-Americans looking to reboot their lives may want to consider Arkansas. The Northwest Arkansas Council is offering potential new residents $10,000 and other incentives to move their lives to the southern state. The group has earmarked $1 million “to attract top talent” over the next six months.
The cash will help cover relocation costs, and recipients will also receive a street or mountain bicycle to help them “take advantage of the 162 miles of paved trails, the 37-mile Razorback Regional Greenway and the 322 miles of world-class mountain biking trails that has made outdoor enthusiasts flock to the area. Alternatively, participants can choose an annual membership to one of our world-class arts and cultural institutions.”
Fayetteville, one of Northwest Arkansas’ more popular cities, has roughly 5,286 African-American residents out of 75,602 (about 7-percent). That being said, in the work-from-home COVID-19 era, it’s an option to consider. The group also notes that they’re “looking for people who will add to the vibrancy of our community.” It’s more of a clue than a note but if you can read between the lines you may find additional motivation to apply.
You can learn more about the grant here.