Bloomberg Tax
May 19, 2021, 8:45 AM

States Lure ‘Digital Nomads’ With Cash and Tax Incentives

Michael J. Bologna
Michael J. Bologna
Staff Correspondent

Jill Urbanski was exactly the type of mobile worker sought by economic development officials in southwest Michigan.

After a successful career as a product manager with the health insurer Anthem Inc., she was fed up working remotely from a tiny and expensive downtown apartment. Without blinking, the lifelong Chicagoan jumped this year at a $10,000 Move to Michigan grant, designed to relocate dozens of “digital nomads” to the shores of Lake Michigan.

Urbanski may be at the vanguard of a relocation trend fueled by thousands of employers expanding work-from-home options during the Covid-19 pandemic. Dozens of cities and at least ...