Mayor Bartlett expressed pleasure with the announcement, stating "I can speak from experience when I tell you that Justin McLaughlin is an outstanding choice. I have traveled with Justin domestically and internationally and he is as knowledgeable as they come on economic development. Jim Fram leaves some big shoes to fill and Justin can do it."
"I am excited to lead the economic development efforts of the Tulsa region within an organization with such an outstanding track record of business recruitment and expansion," said McLaughlin. "We've had great success under the leadership of Jim Fram and Mike Neal, along with growing support from regional partners throughout northeast Oklahoma. I hope to continue to build upon this momentum, taking our community to even greater heights," he continued.
McLaughlin has served as vice president of economic development for the Tulsa Regional Chamber since 2009.
"Justin brings a wealth of business development experience and success to our organization," said Mike Neal, president and CEO of the Tulsa Regional Chamber. "He is an established leader in the economic development field, and I'm confident he will lead Tulsa's Future (the Chamber's regional economic development program) to continued success."
McLaughlin has been instrumental in ensuring compliance of the Tulsa's Future program goals: the creation of 15,000 new jobs at an average wage of $50,000 over a five-year period. Since the start of the program, McLaughlin's work has contributed to thousands of new jobs announced in the Tulsa region since 2011. Among his many successes, McLaughlin played a significant role in recently recruiting one the region's most celebrated economic development projects, the Verizon financial services hub, which is poised to create more than 500 new, high-paying jobs in the Tulsa community.
He was also instrumental in relocating the North American headquarters of Borets-Weatherford to Tulsa. The company also recently announced a new research and development center in the Tulsa region.
"The significant achievements of the Tulsa's Future program and positive economic development momentum in the Tulsa region are sure to continue under the guidance and leadership of Justin McLaughlin", said Tulsa's Future Chair and President and COO of Public Service Company of Oklahoma, Stuart Solomon.
Throughout his exemplary career, McLaughlin has led teams and contributed to growth and success at
organizations like Boeing, the Bartlesville Development Corporation-Bartlesville Chamber of Commerce and FedEx. He also assisted business recruitment and lead development efforts for the state of Oklahoma as a Business Development Specialist with the Oklahoma Department of Commerce.
He holds the distinguished title of CEcD, certified economic developer, from the International Economic Development Council. McLaughlin is also a graduate of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Organizational Management program at the University of Arizona. McLaughlin received a Bachelor of Business Administration-Finance from the University of Central Oklahoma.
"Justin has exceptional relationships with site consultants and corporate real estate professionals across the country, as well as our regional partners across northeast Oklahoma," added Neal.
McLaughlin is a member of a number of professional economic development and business organizations, including the Oklahoma Governors Economic Development Marketing Team; International Economic Development Council; International Asset Management Council; Southern Economic Development Council; American Chambers of Commerce Executives, Oklahoma Chamber of Commerce Executives; Oklahoma Professional Economic Development Council; and the NAIOP Commercial Real Estate Development Association, among others.