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"We need to find ways to adapt to the changing market and find a pathway to success." Governor Gary R. Herbert

Mission

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 legislation that launched this initiative.

Objectives

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 unemployment
  • Reducing post high school relocation
  • Improving the viability of rural businesses through online expansion
  • Increasing median household income and quality of life for citizens of rural Utah

Local Benefits of 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

Rural Online Initiative Services Provided

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.

Funding for this program will took effect on July 1st, 2018 

Development and delivery are scheduled for Fall of 2018.