TRC Visits Site Consultant
The Tulsa Regional Chamber offices in downtown Tulsa
The Tulsa Regional Chamber’s nationally-recognized economic development division sent staff to the Area Development Consultants Forum in Jacksonville, Fla., Dec. 2-4 to strengthen relationships with consultants who help businesses find suitable locations for their operations. Such business attraction efforts support the goals of the Tulsa Regional Chamber-led Tulsa’s Future economic development program.
The Tulsa Regional Chamber and nearly 140 public and private sector partners collaborate on economic development efforts through Tulsa’s Future, which unites public and private businesses and organizations throughout northeast Oklahoma.
Organized by Area Development Magazine, The Consultants Forum series of events are considered the industry’s premier conferences. More than 125 professional economic developers here from across the nation attended the forum. The event featured presentations and networking with 11 site selection consultants and corporate real estate executives.
The forum gave the Chamber an opportunity to discuss the many benefits available to companies that choose to do business in the Tulsa region. Building relationships with site consultants is vitally important to ensuring the Tulsa area is considered for new businesses, expansions and relocations.
Tulsa Regional Chamber Senior Vice President of Economic Development Jim Fram says, “Northeast Oklahoma continues to attract leading companies representing diverse sectors. It’s is vitally important that we continue to meet with consultants to discuss the benefits of doing business in the Tulsa region to remain competitive in the global market. Forums such as the area development series allow us to interface with corporate real estate professionals and consultants to explain why northeast Oklahoma is a great location to start or expand a business.”
The Chamber will participate in hundreds of scheduled appointments and business visits this year to boost the Tulsa region’s economic development efforts. In 2011, the Chamber’s business retention and expansion program visited more than 700 existing businesses and provided assistance with more than 61 local expansions. Numerous appointments also were completed with site consultants. Target industries for Tulsa Regional Chamber economic development efforts include advanced manufacturing, aerospace and aviation, energy, health care, information security, regional headquarters and professional services, and transportation, distribution and logistics.