The Rural Online Initiative is a catalyst for capacity building in Utah’s rural communities. This pilot program collaborates with public and private sector partners to facilitate education for online opportunities in remote employment, freelance work, and e-commerce. View the impacts from our first year here.
What is Remote Work?
The Rural Online Initiative will educate, coach, and mentor citizens of the rural workforce who are currently unemployed, underemployed, or have dropped out of the workforce to obtain freelance jobs, remote employment, or online commerce opportunities. It is expected that this program will have a positive impact on:
Reaching a diverse population of clients in rural Utah
Changing attitudes, knowledge, and behavior regarding remote work opportunities
Reducing post high school relocation
Improving the viability of rural businesses through online expansion
Increasing median household income & quality of life for citizens of rural Utah
What are the local benefitsof remote workers?
Job Creation - Reduce local unemployment rates without the expense of recruiting new businesses.
Strengthen Tax Base - A bigger population with bigger incomes means more revenue for your city.
Empower Families - Working in a virtual office allows parents to turn commute time into catch time.
How does a municipality get started with remote work?
Consult with USU Extension to evaluate regional needs.
Build a infrastructure to support remote workers.
Connect community members with USU Extension’s Rural Online Initiative program.
What are the services provided by the Rural Online Initiative?
The ROI Pilot Program will educate, coach, and mentor members of the rural workforce who are currently unemployed, underemployed, or have dropped out of the workforce to obtain freelance jobs, remote employment, or online commerce opportunities.