ONEOK Building in Downtown Tulsa, OK

The Natural Choice for Energy

Tulsa’s energy industry supports the direct employment of over 24,000 workers and has a $10 billion direct impact to the economy. Tulsa is also at the center of innovation in Energy Tech. As one of North America’s major energy capitals, clean energy companies like WilliamsONEOK,  John Zink Hamworthy Combustion and AEP-PSO represent a significant portion of Tulsa’s economy.

As renewable energy and efficiency initiatives grow, they create an incentive for energy companies to enhance their operations through automation, analytics, and operational technology. Tulsa is a leader in clean, sustainable energy technology development, with local companies like ClearSign Technologies, and W Energy Software adding to a growing network of technology-oriented energy startups taking root in Tulsa.

  • Talent Pipeline
  • Energy Incentives
  • Infrastructure
Talent Pipeline
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Talent Pipeline

State-led initiatives lead to public awareness that drives industry success. Through a unique partnership, post-secondary students from Tulsa County can attend Tulsa Community College for free for two years through Tulsa Achieves, and transfer their credits to undergraduate programs any of six regional universities. Further, Oklahoma State University has placed its primary materials science research center, the Helmerich Research Center, in Tulsa and the University of Tulsa is recognized as a nationwide leader of higher education in energy. The University of Oklahoma, Langston University (HBCU), Oral Roberts University, and Northeastern Oklahoma State University also call Tulsa home.

Energy Incentives
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Energy Incentives

Tulsa energy companies are driven by strong support from a flourishing industry. Energy companies in Tulsa have access to success-building incentives such as the Zero-Emission Facilities Income Tax Credit. There are also incentives for workforce and recruiting from the state of Oklahoma including the Oklahoma Quality Jobs & Investment Tax Credit, the 21st Century Quality Jobs Program and the Software/Cybersecurity Workforce Tax Credit. Foriegn Trade Zones and Freeport Tax Exemptions also contribute to business return on investment when locating in Tulsa.

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Tulsa’s multimodal transportation network charts the course for energy innovation throughout the world. Cushing, the world’s largest oil storage hub and the pipeline capital of the world, is a short 50 miles west of Tulsa. As a result, our proximity and international airport have led multiple pipeline companies to call Tulsa home. But beyond pipeline transportation, Tulsa boasts the majority of exports from Oklahoma, due in part to the multi-modal transportation options offered by the Tulsa Port, the furthest inland ice-free port in North America, and the benefits of its Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ).

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June 17, 2022

New Initiative to Break Link Between Housing Instability and Incarceration

Tulsa has been selected as one of four communities/entities to participate in the launch of the Just Home Project, a national program launched by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and Urban Institute…
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April 29, 2022

Oasis Fresh Market: Paving the Way Towards a Better Tulsa

North Tulsa’s food desert prompted the City to partner with the local community, non-profit organizations, and the local Community Development Finance Institution (CDFI). The neighborhood now has its own 16,425 sq. ft state-of-the-art grocery store…
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April 25, 2022

Be Well Community Corporation Receives $513,000 Grant to Launch Homebuyer Program for North Tulsans

Be Well Community Corporation has been awarded $513,000 from the City’s Affordable Housing Trust Fund to launch the North Tulsa Forward Program. The program will offer free, virtual financial literacy and home-buying educational courses, as…
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Michelle Barnett
Svp, Economic & Workforce Development (918) 606-4728