Oklahoma is your gateway to North America and home to more than 140 FDI companies. Major sources of foreign investment in Oklahoma include: France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Canada, Switzerland, Japan and Mexico.
Oklahoma, located in the South Central region of the United States, is one of the nation’s most attractive centers for global business opportunities. Oklahoma is a major producer of natural gas, oil, agriculture, and enjoys a diversified economic base of aerospace, traditional and renewable energy, advanced manufacturing, distribution/warehouse, corporate services and biosciences. We have one of the fastest-growing economies in the nation, ranking among the top states in per capita income growth and gross domestic product growth.
Oklahoma is a major producer of natural gas, ranking third-largest in the nation. In the wind energy industry, we are among the top 10 states in the U.S. market for wind resources. The U.S. Department of Energy predicts Oklahoma will be the second-largest generator of wind energy by 2030. Oklahoma, with its long-known oil and gas legacy, has also emerged as a major market for the renewable energy industry. Oklahoma continues to be a leader in aerospace/aviation with more than 400 aerospace-related companies statewide. The American Airlines Maintenance and Engineering Center in Tulsa is the largest commercial MRO facility in the world. Additionally, the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center at Tinker Air Force Base is the largest depot in the U.S. Department of Defense. Oklahoma’s industry portfolio is rapidly growing to include advancements in biosciences, manufacturing and more renewable energy sectors such as solar, geo and CNG.
To help support the wealth generating industries we will train an appropriate workforce, remove unnecessary regulation, create pro-growth incentives, identify infrastructure needs and we will align the state's policies so that our current market winners become even more competitive in the global economy. Those industries are:
Oklahoma is proud to offer the nation’s most progressive economic development and business incentive programs. A comprehensive range of unique options – from top-ranked job creation and training programs to cash-back and tax incentives – is available to support the establishment and expansion of business and industry in Oklahoma.
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In Oklahoma, you will find an abundance of the right people with the right skills – and an uncommon pride in a job well done. This extraordinary work ethic has earned the state’s workforce a national reputation for proficiency, productivity and reliability. Driven by talent and determination, the Oklahoma workforce contributes a vast range of advanced technological skills and experience to virtually every sector of business and industry. We’ll even help you recruit the right workforce to meet your specific needs.
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Oklahoma’s system of 25 colleges and universities and 57 career and technology centers deliver a world-class education in the skills needed for today’s information-based, technology-driven economy.
Going beyond traditional education, Oklahoma’s Training for Business Program delivers start-up training to meet your needs.
Learn about Oklahoma’s higher education and career training system and see how the Training for Industry Program can work for you
Oklahoma is nationally recognized for creating and maintaining a dynamic pro-business environment. The state’s strategic central location, ample supplies of low-cost energy, below average land and construction costs, exceptional business incentives, and low overall individual and corporate tax burdens are just some of the factors that make the cost of doing business in Oklahoma among the best in the U.S.
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Oklahoma’s central location and strategic access to integrated air, land and water transportation systems makes it an easily accessible profit center with streamlined connections to over 80 million people within a 500-mile radius.
Equidistant between New York, Los Angeles, Mexico City and Canada, the state is ideally positioned to serve all U.S., NAFTA and world markets.
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Expanding or relocating an international business to a new market demands speed and flexibility. Oklahoma’s unique Foreign Direct Investment Team specializes in expediting the site selection process and providing confidential, one-stop assistance.
Oklahoma offers international business support in a number of countries, including virtual offices throughout Europe and our International Trade Offices
Oklahoma’s central location in the US makes it an easily accessible profit center with efficient connections to over 80 million people within a 500-mile radius. Equidistant between New York, Los Angeles, Mexico City and Canada, the state is ideally positioned to serve the United States, NAFTA and world markets through a comprehensive network of air, ground, water and rail transportation systems. Oklahoma is well suited to deliver and receive goods from around the globe.
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While the Oklahoma Department of Commerce serves as the state’s lead economic development agency, it could not increase the quantity and quality of jobs throughout Oklahoma without the resources, talent, and efforts of its many partners. Commerce thanks the following communities and companies for their commitment to and support of Oklahoma’s foreign direct investment initiatives:
Oklahoma Gas & Electric
Public Service Company of Oklahoma
Oklahoma Business Roundtable