An ongoing economic development initiative aimed at attracting high-paying jobs to the region is gearing up for another five years.
On Monday evening, regional business leaders, local elected officials, Mayor Dewey Bartlett and Gov. Mary Fallin gathered at Southern Hills Country Club for the annual meeting of Tulsa’s Future, an economic development initiative led by the Tulsa Regional Chamber.
The meeting touched upon accomplishments for Tulsa’s Future this past year while looking ahead to the plan’s next five-year phase, which begins in 2016.
PRYOR - MidAmerica Industrial Park has launched a three-pronged, $50 million-plus expansion plan that could make the park's remaining 4,000 acres developable by the end of the decade.
The effort mixes speculative construction with raw land preparation, said Chief Administrative Officer and Trustee David R. Stewart. The industrial park also will target workforce development by building the $10 million MidAmerica Career Center.
One of Oklahoma’s fastest growing communities is putting Oklahoma on the national broadband Internet map. Bixby joins a small but elite group of communities that have gigabit, or 1,000 Mbps, Internet connectivity for residential use. The Bixby area already has over 45 residential developments with roughly 4,600 homes served by fiber based Internet services supplied by BTC Broadband, a 100 year old telecommunications company headquartered in Bixby. Beginning with this announcement, all of these households will now have access to gigabit broadband Internet.
Cherokee Nation Businesses announced last week it will develop a new upscale retail center, Cherokee Outlets. The $80 million projectis expected to bring more than 1,000 new jobs to the Tulsa region. Hundreds of construction jobs are anticipated, and the project is expected to generate $100 million in sales andattract two million visitors to the area annually.
A red ribbon gives the green light for traffic to start returning to normal across the Arkansas River in Tulsa. Both the east and westbound I-244 bridges have been replaced, and on Monday, Sept. 15, crews began removing the first of the detour routes in this corridor and allowing traffic to drive onto the new eastbound bridge for the first time.
Harsco Industrial Air-X-Changers plans to fill another 75 openings soon, in addition to the 46 new employees hired since the beginning of the year. The company recently announced it will relocate to a 520,000 square foot space in CenterPoint Industrial Park, adding 200,000 square feet to its current footprint and consolidating four separate locations.
The Tulsa Regional Chamber-led Tulsa’s Future plan is playing a leading role in boosting economic development in northeast Oklahoma and bolstering the state economy. That’s what Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, regional business leaders and local elected officials reported at the annual meeting for Tulsa’s Future investors April 21.
Gov. Fallin touted the accomplishments of Tulsa’s Future, emphasizing the role northeast Oklahoma plays in the state’s economic development efforts.
Federal, regional, local and state officials joined Macy's April 17 in celebrating the groundbreaking for the retailer's 1.3 million-square-foot, $180-million fulfillment center in north Tulsa County. The center represents the largest Tulsa-region jobs announcement in nearly a decade.
Tulsa-based BizJet International unveiled a facility April 10 that will house a new product line the company is introducing as part of its long-term growth strategy. At least 60 jobs are being added as part of the newly-announced expansion.
BizJet International Sales & Support announced earlier this year that up to 250 jobs are being added companywide. BizJet currently employs around 300 at its Tulsa International Airport headquarters.
The Tulsa Regional Chamber, through its Tulsa’s Future regional economic development plan, announced nearly 6,000 new jobs in northeast Oklahoma during 2013, a number that surpasses last year’s job creation numbers by more than 2,000 jobs.