Tulsa, Oklahoma's second-largest city, is using an innovative incentive program to encourage remote workers to relocate there.
Tulsa is encouraging remote workers to relocate there (Image: Sean Pavone/Shutterstock)
The Tulsa Remote program encourages remote workers to move to Tulsa to make the most of the city's "great cost of living and cheap housing".
The second-largest city in the state of Oklahoma is offering selected workers $10,000 towards the purchase of a home.
The program is also offering those who move there social and networking opportunities, group activities, connections to local volunteering and civic engagement opportunities among other incentives
Previously, the Tulsa Remote program awarded $10,000 grants that provided $2,500 towards relocation costs, then a $500 per month stipend and $1,500 at the end of the 12-month program.
However, now the full amount is available up front for those who want to put all of the money towards a home.
Tulsa Remote welcomed over 375 people to the city in 2020 and is looking to expand and entice even more remote workers in 2021.
Tulsa will pay remote workers $10,000 to move there (Image: Svineyard/Shutterstock)
How to Qualify
According to the Tulsa Remote website, to be considered for the program, applicants must meet all four of the following eligibility requirements:
- You can move to Tulsa within the 2021 calendar year.
- You have full-time remote employment or are self-employed outside of Oklahoma.
- You are 18+ years old.
- You are eligible to work in the United States.
Following the initial application, the Tulsa Remote team reviews each application. Video interviews are then conducted with each finalist selected. If the finalist has no previous experience with Tulsa, an in-person visit may then be arranged.
What Else Do I Get?
$10,000 Cash: The program will provide workers with some money upfront to help with relocation expenses, a monthly stipend to keep things moving and the rest when workers have completed their first year.
Space at Tulsa's Top Coworking Community: 36 Degrees North, a dynamic coworking space in Downtown Tulsa, provides a place to get work done and collaborate with other local entrepreneurs, remote workers and digital nomads.
Live in the Heart of Tulsa: Tulsa Remote claims the city has a great cost of living, and "likely cheaper housing than where you currently live." To further make the move easier the program has curated the best local apartments, centered around the city's "thriving remote community at the heart of the city."
A Collaborative and Supportive Community: Tulsa Remote has designed community building programming, events and meetups to help workers engage with the organizations, local non-profits and individuals that are working to "make Tulsa the best it can be."
What is Tulsa Remote?
The relocation initiative is organised by Tulsa Remote, a program developed by the George Kaiser Family Foundation. The city and various community organizations are lending their support to ensure program members are fully immersed and engaged in the community.
"We created Tulsa Remote to enhance Tulsa's talented and successful workforce community by bringing diverse, bright and driven individuals to the city for community building, collaboration and networking." – George Kaiser Family Foundation
Tulsa Remote was launched in 2018 in a bid to recruit a more diverse group of talented professionals across multiple industries to relocate and be a part of the existing growth that was beginning to take shape in Tulsa.
Tulsa is known for its Route 66 heritage (Image 4kclips/Shutterstock)
Tulsa has a median home price of $157,000 and those who choose to purchase one may be eligible to receive $10,000 towards the purchase.
The website even has a handy cost of living comparison tool, so potential relocators can see how their current city compares to Tulsa.
For example, Tulsa has a 50% lower cost of living than San Francisco with $3,430 of monthly rental savings.
The program also offers virtual and in-person visits for members to get acquainted with neighborhoods, amenities and locations that will fit their lifestyle, including a $500 travel reimbursement.
Tulsa Remote has also partnered with Airbnb to help potential relocators “try before they buy,” with a $150 Airbnb coupon for a stay in a Tulsa neighborhood of their choice.
“This new program makes home ownership more attainable for many program applicants. With greater flexibility in how to apply the $10,000 grant, it not only gives members the opportunity to reach long-term financial goals but also establishes them in our community through home ownership and immediate connection with our network." – Sofia Noshay, Tulsa Remote
Life in Tulsa
Tulsa Remote highlights the city's tight-knit community and large population which supports "world-class music and theatre, sports venues and one of the most impressive park systems in the country, including the recently opened $465 million Gathering Place".
As well as the aforementioned "exceptionally low cost of living", the initiative also highlights Tulsa's considerably lower rates of congestion, investments in public and urban green spaces and stable job market as reasons to relocate to the city.
Centennial Park in Tulsa (Image: Tulsa Remote)
The program's website a page dedicated to a virtual tour to Tulsa so potential relocators can get an idea of what to expect in their new home.
Located on the Arkansas River, Tulsa is home to scores of energy companies that make their living drilling, selling and supplying oil, and that has also significantly enriched the city's wealth over the years.
Today, the city is known for its art deco treasures, Route 66 heritage and the lively music scene. The tourism board also boasts of the Cesar Pelli-designed BOK Center — a state-of-the-art venue for national concerts and sporting events.
To find out more about the program and requirements visit TulsaRemote.com.