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Oklahoma state economic
development professionals who are responsible for the attraction of business
investment and providing site selection assistance to executives and their
consultants were invited in April 2006 to provide an informative article on
this simple topic.
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point of view here for convenient reference. This reflects their local
market knowledge, project experience, and selective facts about their state business environment
and the competitive business investment climate in their region as presented below.
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article below about the competitive site selection advantages for business
investment projects, and the support services provided as companies grow in
Oklahoma, is from :
Manager of Business Development
Marketing & Lead Development
Department of Commerce
Oklahoma Fast Forward Team
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are also available from other state economic development agencies.
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more and more domestic and international companies are discovering the real
Oklahoma. And in the process, they encounter so much more than they ever
They discover the state’s diverse, natural
beauty. The vibrant pace of our cities. The welcoming hospitality of our
homes. And the resourcefulness and creativity of our people.
From a skilled workforce and strategic geographic
location, to affordable lifestyle and aggressive incentive programs,
Oklahoma is a state that understands business and the entrepreneurial
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|Oklahoma is a
state of industrial diversity. Its climate has made it ideal for
agriculture, its mineral wealth in oil and gas is legendary, and now the
state is becoming a leader in such growth industries of the future as
aerospace, weather research, and bio- and nanotechnology.
Oklahoma’s manufacturing base is solid, built on the
unbeatable work ethic of its people and the pro-business policies of its
government. Thanks to Oklahoma’s central U.S. location in the heart of the
NAFTA corridor, the state is ideally positioned to serve as the logistics
base of choice for many firms.
More companies are choosing Oklahoma everyday. Why?
Because it makes good business sense. In a 2006 report published by Pollina
Corporate Real Estate, Oklahoma was among America's Top 15 Pro-Business
States overall and third in the nation for its economic development
services. The study identified 25 factors -- all controlled by state
government -- including taxation, human resources, infrastructure, and
economic incentive programs that can positively impact business and job
With substantially lower costs of doing business than
nearly every other geographic area of the country, generous business
incentives, a highly rated workforce and a Right to Work policy, Oklahoma
offers what industry needs.
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best reasons to select Oklahoma for your relocation or business expansion is
it's low cost of doing business. Consider these facts:
labor costs run well below the national average.
Oklahoma offers abundant local
access to reliable and affordable energy sources.
Oklahoma has one of the lowest per
tax rates in the nation.
Oklahoma has an overall total cost
of business that ranks fifth lowest in the United States.
Oklahoma Fast Forward Advantage
Relocating or expanding your business to a new site
demands speed and flexibility. Let the Oklahoma Fast Forward Team help you
find the best site, reap the full benefits of the state’s business incentive
offerings, recruit a highly skilled and trained workforce, and ensure that
your project completes on time and well within budget.
Through the Oklahoma Fast ForwardTeam, Commerce provides
customized relocation and expansion services as well as acts as a liaison
between your company and the Oklahoma Tax Commission, Oklahoma Department of
Transportation, utility companies, and training and community economic
development specialists—just to name a few. From initial site identification
to project start-up and beyond, Commerce reduces the red tape, which means
your project will complete on time and well within budget.
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business location assistance includes:
Site and building
maintains an extensive, up-to-date database of hundreds of available sites
and facilities statewide, available in GIS format. Start by visiting the
Buildings and Sites page where you'll be directed to the
database. Oklahoma's exclusive
Site Ready certified sites program offers assurances these properties
are ready for your next project.
Fast Forward Team provides comprehensive labor market research and wage
screening, assessment and hiring—A
special team assigned to your company helps screen and identify a start-up
training is provided at no cost to qualifying companies. Ongoing employee
and management training can also be provided by the
Oklahoma's nationally recognized
CareerTech, just one of the few Commerce partners providing
services and resources to relocating or expanding businesses.
Licensing and permitting—The
Fast Forward Team provides a detailed list and background on all necessary
licenses and permits required of your company and its suppliers. Commerce
also offers guidance in processing these licenses or permits before the
deadlines. For example, Commerce in coordination with the Oklahoma
Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), can ensure rapid DEQ permitting
for your company and suppliers.
Tax incentives and abatements—provides a confidential analysis of all state and
local incentives and abatements applicable to your company’s relocation or
support and technical assistance provided to your company extends to your
suppliers, and when appropriate, your key business partners.
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For more information about these services and the variety of resources
available, contact the
Oklahoma Fast Forward Team today at 800-588-5959.
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900 N. Stiles Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK 73104-3234
Phone: 405.815.5320 Toll-free: 800.879.6552
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