About Commerce

The Oklahoma Department of Commerce is the primary economic development entity in the state. Our mission: To create and deliver high-impact solutions that lead to prosperous lives and communities for all Oklahomans.

Business Attraction, Creation and Retention

Our National Recruiting division recruits new businesses to the state by promoting the great assets we have for businesses to succeed. The Business Customer Services team helps to foster an entrepreneurial culture and infrastructure in Oklahoma to encourage the start-up of new businesses and partners with communities to ensure existing businesses grow and prosper.

Community Development

The Community Development division, Regional Development team and Oklahoma Main Street work with city and county elected officials and community leaders to help raise the per capita income, improve the quality of life for local residents, and help local businesses to thrive. Through federal funding, we address vital infrastructure and human development that help position favorably for business attraction.

Knowledge-Based Industry Development

Knowledge-based economies create high-paying jobs. So Commerce works with education, industry and communities to foster and grow knowledge-based industries, such as biosciences, engineering, advanced manufacturing, aerospace, renewable energy, and information technology, in Oklahoma to ensure quality jobs today and in the future.

Workforce Development, Recruitment and Retention

As Commerce works to increase the quantity of jobs, it must ensure a skilled pipeline of workers to fill those jobs. We do this by bringing together industry and education to ensure the skills that are needed are those being taught. Further, we reach out to people with Oklahoma ties to recruit them back to the state to fill critical knowledge-worker positions in engineering, healthcare, accounting, and other occupations.