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USA Today   

Feb 24, 2021

COVID-19 offers remote workers and small communities big economic opportunities

By Bill Oesterle
Remote workers add a person to the population and a job to the job base. Due to COVID, talent-first economic development is finally a practical reality.

Among the many lasting effects of COVID-19 — one that has received little attention — is its potential to disrupt economic development. The pandemic introduced the world to remote work almost overnight. When those workers proved they could be productive, they triggered a secondary trend: realization by city and state governments that those remote workers represent an entirely new paradigm for economic development.