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Remote Work Because of the Pandemic

Chelsea Nettleton works in her home office Tuesday east of Durango on Florida Mesa. Nettleton moved from Virginia after her employer allowed remote work because of the pandemic.  Four Durango-based employees and business owners who have spent nearly a year working remotely say the option will fundamentally change the way we do business.  Search homes for sale Flying Horse Colorado Springs at http://www.rehava.com

When the United States began to report its first COVID-19 cases, organizations around the country sent workers home to limit spread of the novel coronavirus. Durango real estate professionals have noted the urban flight to rural areas. Divisions appeared between those who were able to work remotely, often in higher-paying jobs, and those who could not.

Technology Support Remote Work

The tools and technology of remote work are now widely used, said Miguel Munoz, an e-commerce entrepreneur working remotely in Durango.  “If it hadn’t been because of COVID, it probably would have taken five to 10 years to happen,” Munoz said. “But it happened in just a few months.”

Remote work opened options for people, said Kelly Kniffin, real estate broker associate for Legacy Properties West in Durango.  Several of her clients already had the option to work remotely before moving to the city during the pandemic.  “They were living in more urban locations. They couldn’t do the things that attracted them to the city,” Kniffin said. “The clients said, ‘OK, well, we also love the outdoors, so where are we spending our time?’”

Great Wi-fi Connection & Outdoor Environment

They wanted the in-town lifestyle close to the outdoor environment – and most importantly, a good Wi-Fi connection, she said.  In November, FIS Worldpay closed its 81,380-square-foot building in Durango.  That is an office space that was housing about 250 people – to transition employees to remote work.

Members of Durango City Council, like Mayor Dean Brookie, raised questions about how remote work might impact the future acquisition and use of city facilities. Many city employees are working in a hybrid, remote-office model after going all-remote for months last year.

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