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Economic Success Story: Tulsa, OK, Region Creates Over 8,200 New Jobs in 2011

Area Development Online News Desk (01/02/2012)
Tulsa, Oklahoma, has a lot to celebrate when reflecting upon the past 12 months of economic activity. Specifically, in 2011 more than 8,200 jobs were added to the regional workforce through the Tulsa Metro Chamber's "Tulsa's Future" initiative. This milestone clearly makes the area one of the country's top leaders in job creation.

Tulsa's Future has a goal of creating 10,000 primary jobs at an annual salary of $50,000 (or greater) from 2011 to 2015. (Already, over 4,000 of the 8,200 positions secured this year were above the initiative's target annual income.) It's expected these new direct positions will lead to the creation of an additional 16,000 indirect jobs--and ultimately produce a total of at least 26,000 new jobs for the area.

The simple secret behind the plan's job-creation accomplishments is that it mobilizes private-sector leadership and public partnerships. More than 120 public- and private-sector regional partners support the Tulsa Metro Chamber's economic development efforts through this high-performance initiative.

"It takes a dynamic region. committed to promoting business and to remaining business-friendly to ensure that companies are given every opportunity to grow and expand their workforces," said Tulsa Metro Chamber President/CEO Mike Neal.

One 2011 success story: The opening of FlightSafety International Inc.'s new $42 million, 375,000-sq.-ft. flight simulator manufacturing facility in Broken Arrow. Eventually up to 1,000 people could be employed there, according to officials.
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