Tulsa's Future program announces near-record 907 jobs in January
BY LAURIE WINSLOW World Staff Writer
Monday, February 04, 2013
The Tulsa’s Future program announced a near-record 907 jobs in January, the Tulsa Regional Chamber and regional partners announced Monday morning.
“We absolutely did start off 2013 in a terrific manner. We had 907 jobs announced by companies who are either expanding in this area or who are new to this area,” said Stuart Solomon, chair of the Tulsa’s Future oversight committee and chief operating officer of AEP-PSO. “Many of you have been present for some of those announcements. The economic development team and the larger team has worked on those projects in some cases months and in some cases years, and they finally culminated at this particular time.”
Among recent job announcements have been those made by Verizon, SWEP and Borets-Weatherford.
“Much of this job creation and success that we’re seeing could be attributed to regional economic development partnerships,” Solomon said.
Tulsa’s Future, now in its second five-year phase, is a job-creation initiative aimed at creating 10,000 primary jobs at an annual salary of $50,000 or greater over a period from 2011 to 2015, and at generating a capital investment of $1 billion.
Since 2011, nearly 13,000 jobs and more than $550 million in capital investment have been announced through the Tulsa’s Future plan. More than 7,300 of those produced an average salary of at least $50,000, meaning that the Tulsa’s Future initiative is more than 70 percent complete.
Some 140 public and private sector regional partners support the chamber’s economic development efforts through the Tulsa’s Future initiative.