Even better, the program has greatly succeeded in attracting investors to the area. Some big-name examples that have been hooked are Verizon, which decided to place its financial services hub in Tulsa, and Macy’s, which is expected to bring in 1,500 full-time and part-time jobs by establishing a fulfillment center in the region by the end of the year. These are just the benefits of the new investors, as the plan also helps already settled businesses to grow, an effort that has borne fruit in the recent assistance of 77 local business expansions.
Needless to say, the additional jobs created by the chamber’s Future program are having an impressive effect on the local economy. Unemployment is down by 5.3% in the Tulsa area and the city is adding an average of 5,000 jobs a month. Much of this can be seen in the growth of infrastructure jobs in the area, but other fields like IT work and office staffing are seeing their own boom.