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Greater Bemidji announces 218 Relocate program expansion

Greater Bemidji is expanding its 218 Relocate program, designed to support workers moving to Bemidji, to include new residents who accept employment at local businesses in addition to telecommuters.

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BEMIDJI — Greater Bemidji has announced the expansion of its 218 Relocate program, which will now include both telecommuters and new residents who accept employment at local businesses.

The program, started in February 2021, was designed to encourage professionals interested in moving to the Bemidji area by providing support and other incentives.

Originally focused on encouraging remote workers to move to Bemidji as a result of the changing work environment caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the program will now also provide its support to new residents who accept in-person positions at local businesses.

Since its creation, 218 Relocate has recruited 45 telecommuters and their families to the Bemidji area. It’s now hoping to draw more through its expanded program.

“Those of us who live in Bemidji know it's a wonderful place to call home," Erin Echternach, assistant director of Greater Bemidji, said in a release. "Now we can be mindful of how we welcome newcomers into our community, be it remote workers who are bringing connections and experience from companies headquartered outside the region or those who are relocating to work for Bemidji area employers.”

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By partnering with 218 Relocate, newcomers to the Bemidji area can access the New Resident Relocation Program, including:

  • Free access to the Community Concierge Program, connecting newcomers and their families to the community.
  • Five Daily Passes to the LaunchPad co-working space in the Mayflower Building, valued at $75.
  • Free access to community involvement and events.
  • One-year individual membership to the Bemidji Area Chamber of Commerce, valued at $75.

Additional benefits are available for remote workers related to internet access and online work.
In partnership with Paul Bunyan Communications and building on the original 218 Relocate program’s success, the Telecommuter Relocation Program includes:

  • Six months of gigabit internet service with GigaZone Blast WiFi featuring WiFi 6 Technology through Paul Bunyan Communications (one-year contract required), valued at $558. Higher speeds of up to 10 gig are available.
  • One-year membership to the LaunchPad co-working space in the Mayflower Building, valued at $1,500 value.
  • Free access to the Community Concierge Program, connecting newcomers and their families to the community.
  • One year of associate-level membership to the Bemidji Area Chamber of Commerce, valued at $335 value.
  • Teleworking support through Effective, a remote worker toolbox (provided by Justin DiRose).

“Our partnership with Paul Bunyan Communications enables Greater Bemidji to continue to serve new telecommuters by providing access to the phenomenal all-fiber network that is so widely available in the region," Echternach said. "We’re so excited to be able to reach out to new traditional workers who are choosing to make Bemidji their home.”

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