Small cities across the U.S. are drawing urban creatives in the wave of pandemic-spurred relocations. Last winter, at the height of the pandemic, the Northwest Arkansas Council launched a program to attract remote workers from across the country to the area. Titled "Life Works Here," the program offered $10,000 and a free bike to a select number of applicants. Of the 30,000 who vied for the opportunity, only several dozen were chosen. Jennifer Hill Booker, a chef and entrepreneur based in Atlanta, was one of the winners. She will be moving to Springdale, Ark., this summer. "Seeing people who are so excited to welcome me into the community, it's like, I want to go there," she told the New York Times.

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