Tulsa’s Future, the Tulsa Regional Chamber-led regional economic development partnership, supported the creation of 4,125 jobs and $421 million of capital investment in northeast Oklahoma during 2021.
Tulsa’s Future is a collaborative economic development partnership that works with the City of Tulsa, Tulsa County, more than 200 private investors, and numerous regional and tribal partners to further economic prosperity in the Tulsa region. Since its inception 16 years ago, Tulsa’s Future has supported the creation of more than 72,000 jobs and more than $4.2 billion in capital investment.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, in 2020 Tulsa County awarded the Chamber CARES Act funds to help tell the Tulsa recovery story to a national audience through a dedicated marketing campaign. In 2021 the Chamber pivoted to Tulsa’s Future: Road to Recovery, a one-year strategic work plan that addressed urgent needs for recovery and attracted new employers and transformative projects to the region, all while paving the way for a new multi-year economic development plan to launch in 2022.
“Our team saw the largest uptick in project requests, site visits, and general economic development activity to date,” says Arthur Jackson, senior vice president of economic development at the Tulsa Regional Chamber. “We’re encouraged by this positive momentum and feel our region is on the right path toward post-pandemic prosperity. We're excited to further support existing industries and pave the way for new industry growth. And we anticipate announcing additional projects in the first few months of 2022.”
During the last several years, northeast Oklahoma has positioned itself to support the growing automotive technology industry. In June, electric vehicle manufacturer Canoo announced it will build a $400 million, 400-acre micro-mega factory at MidAmerica Industrial Park in Pryor and create 2,000 new jobs in northeast Oklahoma. In November, the company increased its investment in the region by announcing it will locate a technology hub and software development center in Tulsa, bringing an additional 375 jobs.
Other notable 2021 projects include RadNet’s customer operations center and 500 jobs; more than 300 new jobs at TAT.
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