Recruiting remote workers to live in Tulsa
“Tulsa is a generous and welcoming city, and through this effort we hope to draw remote workers who can further complement our talented workforce,” said Ken Levit, ex- ecutive director of George Kaiser Family Foundation. “Over the past ten years, the Foundation has worked with numerous community partners to bring more than 1,000 young people to Tulsa. We could not be more proud of the contributions of Teach For America, City Year and the many artists of the Tulsa Artist Fellowship who have joined the Tulsa community. We are looking for talented and energetic people who not only will consider re-locating permanently to Tulsa but especially for people who want to make something happen here— to add to the dynamism, idealism and get ‘er done spirit of Tulsa.”
Each $10,000 grant will be distributed over the course of a year to eligible remote workers or entrepreneurs living outside of Tulsa County. Participants will initially be given $2,500 to be put towards relocation expenses, a $500 per month stipend and $1,500 at the end of the 12-month program. The funds for this effort are provided exclusively by GKFF.
Tulsa Remote will provide coworking space for the year at 36 Degrees North, Tulsa’s basecamp for entrepreneurs, and offer monthly meet-ups and workshops in collaboration with Tulsa's Young Professionals (TYPros), an organization that builds relationships with Tulsa’s community, business and government leaders.
Tulsa Remote program participants will have access to a range of benefits that provide opportunities for support and community, including discounted rent, regular meetup events, community building opportunities, a year’s free co-working space, and Skillshare workshops from TYPros
"The Tulsa Remote participants will be an incredible addition to our vibrant network of entrepreneurs," said Maggie Hoey, executive director of Tulsa’s Young Professionals.
In an effort to identify and select successful candidates for the program, Tulsa Remote has partnered with Tulsa-based Hogan Assessments, a global leader in personality assessment and leadership development.
The City of Tulsa and GKFF launched this program to expose professionals to Tulsa’s affordability, its central location between the coasts, and the supportive professional community.
Tulsa is ranked as one of the most affordable cities to live in, and also houses world-class museums like the Philbrook and Gilcrease, a growing food and drink scene, and a brand new $465M riverfront park, The Gathering Place.
Applications and more information on Tulsa Remote can be found at TulsaRemote.com. To be eligible for this program, participants must provide proof of employment, be at least 18 years of age, work for a business that is based outside of Tulsa County, and commit to moving and living in Tulsa for at least one year.