Recent News & Announcements

Mayor's Economic Recovery Advisory Committee Releases Recommendations

In response to COVID-19, the Mayor’s Economic Recovery Advisory Committee was formed in partnership with the Tulsa Regional Chamber to help spur both short and long-term economic growth in Tulsa. The Committee has released recommendations from each of its three subcommittees that leverage the knowledge and expertise of Tulsa business leaders. 

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U.S. Trade Administration Local Update

The U.S. Trade Administration's global network of trade specialists is working virtually and remain available to connect with U.S. exporters via email, conference call, Skype, or video conference to discuss companies’ international business plans.  If U.S. companies are looking to contact a trade specialist in their area, please have them visit the list of local U.S. Export Assistance Centers.  To learn more about our virtual services, visit Trade.gov/virtual-services. For companies in Eastern Oklahoma please contact: Kevin Chambers at Kevin.Chambers@trade.gov or by phone at 918-240-5734.

Build Your Business - Remotely

Business development is all about seeing the future of the market, understanding customer needs, and developing relationships that carry your business into the future. But how does that happen when the future is murky and developing relationships is hampered by social distancing? We’ve asked several of Tulsa’s best business development experts how their businesses are adapting to current changes, the challenges encountered, and lessons learned to date.

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City, TEDC Launch Zero Interest Loans with Resilience and Recovery Fund

In partnership with Tulsa Economic Development Corporation (TEDC), the City of Tulsa is dedicating $1.1 million in funds for zero interest loans to provide financial assistance to small business owners and entrepreneurs affected by COVID-19.

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Construction Project Impacts in COVID-19

During this time, many have questioned whether construction projects will be allowed to continue or whether public construction bids will go out on schedule. Still others have voiced that this is the perfect time to conduct even more road projects, as fewer people are traveling daily. We talked to both private and public entities to learn about how construction projects are being conducted under the current conditions and learn about the upcoming forecast for  construction opportunities.

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City Adopts Downtown TIF Development Assistance Policies

The City of Tulsa recently approved policies governing the use of incremental revenue for Development Assistance within the Downtown TIF Project Area. The Policy aligns the review and award process with the City's current development priorities in Downtown Tulsa; the expansion of affordable housing, increasing residential density, historic preservation, and the implementation of City adopted plans for Downtown Tulsa. 
View the Downtown TIF Development Assistance Policies online
For more information about the Policies and the Downtown TIF, please contact Spencer Mitchell. 

Tulsa City Council Approves Economic Development Infrasturing Fund, Downtown Revolving Loan Fund Policy Recommendations

The Tulsa City Council approved policy recommendations for the Economic Development Infrastructure Fund and Downtown Revolving Loan Funds. "Read more" for more information. Read More

$5 Million For Future Downtown Development, Redevelopment Projects to Be Available Oct. 1

The Mayor’s Office of Economic Development announced roughly $5 million will be made available in zero interest loans to be awarded to prospective applicants looking to develop or redevelop projects in Downtown Tulsa. Read More


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