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COVID’s Legacy: How Hybrid Work Models Benefit “Remote Ready” Rural Communities

Brent Lane, Mollie Fitzgerald and Kate Perani
September 23, 2022

The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated changes in how we work in many ways. One of the most significant changes is how the reduction of in-office work is altering the geographic connection between employment and residence. Remote and hybrid work models can enable people to exercise previously constrained preferences for rural locations, while also providing current rural residents with expanded employment prospects. Researchers at the Voinovich School have identified numerous economic benefits that post-COVID hybrid work models can bring to Ohio’s “Remote Ready” rural communities.