Tulsa — Where Business Grows
Location USA / April 2013
Located in the heart of the United States, Tulsa is conveniently connected to the rest of the nation by air, rail, ground, and water. Tulsa offers air cargo service through three freight carriers at Tulsa International Airport; more than 50 local motor freight companies; rail service through two mainline-carriers and four short-line carriers; and year-round, icefree barge service through the nation’s most inland water port — the Tulsa Port of Catoosa.
Tulsa also provides a number of incentives including the Quality Jobs program, 21st Century Quality Jobs, Prime Contractor Incentive, Engineer Tax Credit, Small Employer Quality Jobs, and others.
A revitalized city is developing.
Tulsa is investing in many industries and areas of development, including its core. The city is pumping more than $430 million in public monies into its 1.4 square miles of downtown with a clear vision that includes a new arena, renovated convention center, new hotels, additional living space, street and bridge improvements, retail and restaurants, a new art center, and a baseball park. In addition to downtown development, the region’s population is growing and becoming more diverse, and new, innovative industries are emerging. People from all over the world are taking notice of Tulsa and its momentum. And the best is yet to come.
Tulsa ranked as a top-10 metro area in 2012 and 2013 for its pro-business environment, affordability, and real estate. Accolades include:
• No. 1 global location (Oklahoma) for oil and gas investment (Fraser Institute 2012)
• No. 2 in the country for the location of secure data centers (The Boyd Co. 2012)
• No. 2 among top 10 cities for young people to find a job (The Fiscal Times 2012)
• No. 3 in national home value growth (Zillow.com 2012)
• No. 3 best employment outlook in the nation, second quarter 2012 (Manpower 2012)
• No. 8 among top 10 U.S. cities for manufacturing (Bureau of Labor Statistics 2012)
• Tulsa’s ranked as a top performing metro economy during the recovery, according to the Brookings Institution.
• The Tulsa area’s hiring outlook is among best in the nation, as reported by the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey.
The Tulsa region has experienced much growth during the past year.
Businesses finding success in Tulsa include Verizon, Williams, ONEOK, Samson, QuikTrip Corp., Holly Corp., Spirit AeroSystems, HP Enterprise Services, BAMA Companies, and Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group. Additionally, Tulsa is home to the world’s largest aerospace maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) facility, American Airlines.