Milwaukee could create new programs to attract remote workers through direct cash incentives, home-buying assistance or free office co-working space, according to a city report released this month.

That report was requested by the Common Council last year to increase the local population by attracting people who work remotely. Acting Mayor Cavalier Johnson requested the report while serving as Common Council president. He raised the scenario of people employed by companies in Chicago or New York City who can now live anywhere because of remote work.

“If they can keep their job and work remotely and live in a place like Milwaukee, our city that has a lower cost of living, that is a savings to them,” Johnson said Monday. “They are able to take those dollars, those big, Manhattan bucks, and spend them on main street in Milwaukee. That is a great thing. That is what I want to see.”

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