Businesses finding success in Tulsa include Williams, ONEOK, Samson, QuikTrip Corporation, Holly Corporation, 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.
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 seven 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, ice-free 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 $300 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.
The Tulsa region has experienced much growth during the past year. Announcements included:
• Tulsa is ranked as a top-20 performing metro economy during the recovery, according to the Brookings Institution.
• The Tulsa area's hiring outlook is among best in the nation, according to the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey.
• Saint Francis Hospital in Tulsa broke ground on a $200 million trauma emergency center and patient tower.
• The Tulsa Metro Chamber and area chambers of commerce forged a partnership for regional growth.
The secret is out.
Tulsa ranked as a top-10 metro area in 2010 and 2011 for its pro-business environment, affordability, and real estate. Accolades include:
• No. 1 state for entrepreneurship (Kauffman Foundation 2010)
• No. 1 affordable city in the U.S. (Relocate America 2010)
• No. 3 city for fourth quarter 2011 employment outlook (Manpower 2011)
• Top 5 real estate market for value gain (Zillow.com 2011)
• No. 6 region for small business (The Business Journals 2011)
• No. 8 U.S. city for young adults (Portfolio.com 2010)
• Top 20 strongest performing metro economies (Brookings Institution 2011)
Tulsa Metro Chamber
Jim Fram, CEcD, CCE, Senior Vice President, Economic Development
2 W. Second Street, Ste. 150
Tulsa, OK 74103