Tulsa Among Top U.S. Cities for Job Creation

The Tulsa region leaped ahead of the nation in 2011, earning accolades for its impressive job creation, economic performance and more. Through the Tulsa Metro Chamber’s Tulsa’s Future plan, more than 8,200 jobs were created in 2011; of which more than 4,000 were above the initiative’s target income of $50,000 or greater, annually.

The jobs that exceeded the target annual income of $50,000 or greater support additional jobs with an estimated income totaling more than $295 million, according to Tulsa Metro Chamber Economist Bob Ball.

“It takes a dynamic region that is committed to promoting business and to remaining business friendly to ensure that companies are given every opportunity to grow and expand their workforces,” says Tulsa Metro Chamber President and Mike Neal. “The Tulsa Metro Chamber and its many steadfast partners in economic development look forward to building upon the successes of this year to ensure the Tulsa area remains one of the nation’s top leaders in job creation.”

Neal adds, “Also, recognition is due to the Chamber’s economic development team, and the leadership of Jim Fram, the Tulsa Metro Chamber’s senior vice president of economic development, for the stellar work they’ve accomplished in bringing many of these job-creating projects to fruition.”

Tulsa’s Future, the Tulsa Metro Chamber’s privately-funded job creation initiative, has a goal to create 10,000 primary jobs at an annual salary of $50,000 or greater over a five-year period from 2011-2015. The 10,000 primary jobs will lead to the creation of an additional 16,000 indirect jobs, totaling the formation of 26,000 new jobs within the region. Tulsa’s Future is building a unique, high-performance regional economy by mobilizing private-sector leadership and public partnerships. More than 120 public and private sector regional partners support the Tulsa Metro Chamber’s economic development efforts through the Tulsa’s Future initiative.

Fram says, “The diverse group of regional partners, including area cities, counties, tribes, chambers and businesses, that comprise our Tulsa’s Future partnership greatly enhance our effectiveness in creating economic growth in the Tulsa region. The support and expertise of these groups represents a tremendous asset to our ongoing job creation efforts.”

Fram cites many success stories of 2011’s economic development efforts as examples of effective regional partnership in action. One such example was the opening of FlightSafety International, Inc.’s new $42 million, 375,000-square-foot flight simulator manufacturing facility in Broken Arrow. Up to 1,000 people could be employed at the facility. Fram congratulates the City of Broken Arrow, the Broken Arrow Area Chamber of Commerce and Broken Arrow Development Authority on this major project.

Updated 02-20-2012

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