FDI & Trade

Foreign Direct Investment

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: A Diversified State, a Thriving Economy

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.

EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program

EB-5 is a visa program created in 1990 under the Immigration Act for foreign investors. Administered by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the program provides a method of obtaining a visa for foreign nationals who invest in the United States.

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Oklahoma is globally recognized for its outstanding incentive program and pro-business environment. Businesses can choose between a cash incentive or a tax credit package, and in some cases, qualifying businesses can take advantage of both programs.

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Oklahoma workers have earned a national reputation for an extraordinary level of proficiency, productivity and reliability. They contribute their skills, experience and dedication to the success of a wide variety of technologically advanced industries. These skills come at a competitive wage because of Oklahoma’s cost of living which is significantly lower than comparable states.

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Education and Training

Oklahoma’s system of 25 colleges and universities and 57 career and technology centers educates students of all ages in the curriculum, degreed programs and skilled certifications 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.

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Markets and Demographics

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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Cost of Doing Business

Oklahoma is nationally recognized for creating and maintaining a dynamic pro-business environment with expertly tailored policies, programs and incentives that positively affect your business’ bottom line.

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International airports in Oklahoma City and Tulsa, along with 149 public-use airports across the state offer access to domestic and international destinations around the world. Major highways connect Oklahoma to within a day’s drive of all US markets. Oklahoma is home to three inland ports, connecting the state to seaports worldwide. Twenty rail operators provide Class I and II service throughout the state.

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International Trade Offices

Whether you are an Oklahoma company that needs to promote your products and services in another country or a company outside the United States looking for high-return investment opportunities, Oklahoma’s International Trade Offices can help.

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Commerce FDI Partners

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
Oklahoma City
Public Service Company of Oklahoma
Ponca City
Oklahoma Business Roundtable