Choose Bixby: Business Profile

Never pictured yourself or your company relocating to Oklahoma? The business climate in Bixby, Oklahoma may surprise you. Prime location, vital multi-modal logistics, less taxation and better incentives all make Bixby the natural choice for business. The city is characterized by an open attitude toward quality development. Fueled by a population increase of 62% from 2000-2010, Bixby is a major nucleus of new development in the south Tulsa metro area. Immediately adjacent to south Tulsa, Bixby is an affluent area with exceptional new housing developments, new businesses, and new amenities coming online all the time.

The municipal government of Bixby is dedicated to providing quality shopping, dining, services and recreation choices for all of the south Tulsa area. From the Spirit Bank Event Center, anchor to the Regal Plaza development to nationally recognized names like Sprouts Farmers Market, and Raising Cane’s Chicken, many businesses have chosen Bixby with outstanding results.

Oklahoma offers numerous incentives and programs to encourage development, and has been consistently ranked as a business-friendly state by leading research firms. The City government is progressive and dedicated to providing a clear, easy to navigate pathway for development and expansion within Bixby.

A Natural Location

Bixby is centrally located less than 4 hours from the geographic center of the 48 states and less than 3 hours from the population center of the United States. A business located here can reach half of the US with same-day or overnight motor transport service, and the entire nation with next-day service. Most population growth in the US is occurring in the South and West, meaning locating in Oklahoma makes sense for the long-term.

Vital Logistics

  • Bixby offers interstate and major highway access (I-44, US 169, US 75, HWYS 64 & 67)
  • International air service via the Tulsa International Airport – only 30 minutes from downtown Bixby, and regional air service via R.L. Jones Airport, also 20 minutes.
  • Water transport through the Tulsa Port of Catoosa, 30 minutes away. The Port serves as the head of navigation for the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation system. The Port offers companies ocean access and year-round ice-free barge service. More than two million tons of cargo move through the Port each year by barge, rail and truck.
  • Bixby is a high-speed fiber community. Bixby’s BTC Broadband, a regional broadband telecommunications company, offers carrier-class high speed internet and a full suite of data networking and business phone solutions to businesses across northeast Oklahoma.

Business Climate

Oklahoma ranked #1 for entrepreneurship according to the 2010 Kaufman Foundation report, and the Tulsa metro ranked #1 for best cost of living in Business Facilities’ 2010 report. Oklahoma overall ranked #3 for best corporate tax environment according to the 2010 Area Development report.

Better Incentives

Bixby believes in judicious application of incentives to encourage growth the city. We don’t take a cookie-cutter approach to incentive packages or to development in general. However, we do have a comprehensive array of economic development tools ready to be applied to the right project.

Total Taxable (Retail) Sales

Bixby’s sales tax collections continue to trend upward. As more businesses discover the access and draw a Bixby location affords them in the lucrative South Tulsa marketplace, city officials expect continued growth in revenues. The city consistently draws shoppers from across the metro area in addition to a proven draw from smaller communities and towns up to 30 miles away.

Sales Tax Analysis

YearAmountChange% Change
2013/2014 9,593,947.02
2014/2015 9,989,514.69
395,567.67
4.12%
2015/2016 10,263,149.64
273,634.95
2.74%
2016/2017 10,984,079.17
720,929.53
7.02%
2017/2018 12,314,052.30
1,329,973.13
12.11%

The graph above shows our total sales collections for the fiscal years noted (our fiscal year is July thru June).  The big change from FY17 to FY18 was the vote of the citizens to move 0.55% from the county (Vision program) to the City for the new River Corridor project and the new Sales Tax Personnel fund (funding new police, fire and street personnel).

Access

Bixby is bisected north to south by US Highway 64, also known as Memorial Drive. Major arterials east to west include 121st Street South and 151st Street South (state highway 67). These arterials connect Bixby to US Highway 75 and to Riverside Drive in Tulsa, allowing thousands of metro area residents quick and easy access to Bixby.

An important additional access point is the Creek Turnpike, a major expressway linking the 100,000 residents of Broken Arrow with South Tulsa and Bixby. Click here to view a map of the Tulsa metro area, including Bixby city limits. With major arterial or highway access from every direction, Bixby is the natural choice for shopping, dining and entertainment across the metro area.

Development Procedures

The City of Bixby strives to make the development process simple, transparent and efficient. To assist those wanting to develop land in Bixby for either commercial or residential purposes, we’ve provided the following helpful links:

Overview of OK Incentives

2014 Fiscal Year Oklahoma Business Incentive Tax Guide
(70 pages) 2.3 MB

This document is published annually by the Oklahoma Department of Commerce and serves as a comprehensive overview of various incentive programs available to businesses choosing to locate in Oklahoma.

For manufacturers and certain types of service companies (research, development and computer services), Oklahoma offers two options. Companies may choose either the Quality Jobs cash-back program, or the Investment or New Jobs income tax credit package. For manufacturers that invest over $40 million, both incentives may be available.

Ad valorem exemptions are available for capital investments made by certain types of companies provided that qualified investment exceeds $250,000 within the calendar year and the company complies with certain payroll thresholds. The package may include a refund of sales taxes paid for construction materials by manufacturers. Incentives are also available for investment in equipment to curtail hazardous waste and in conversion of vehicles to clean burning motor fuel. For most service companies, the cash-back program is the primary incentive. Training costs are generally covered for industries making a significant contribution to the number and quality of Oklahoma jobs.

Please note that the City of Bixby considers local incentives on a case-by-case basis and actively seeks to encourage development that fits within the master plan for the community.