Story by Mike Neal, President and CEO, Tulsa Metro Chamber  Found on

From the outside, the trials and successes of the Tulsa Metro Chamber’s work in moving the region forward may not always be apparent. However, under the leadership of community volunteers, the chamber team is dedicated to accomplishing the mission of bringing new business to the region and retaining and growing existing businesses.

More than 130 public and private sector regional partners support regional economic development efforts through Tulsa’s Future, the chamber’s economic development initiative. Tulsa’s Future also unites 27 organizations representing 16 northeastern Oklahoma communities to enhance the economy and quality of life of the region. More than 10,800 jobs have been announced since 2011; of which more than half are above the initiative’s target income of $50,000 or greater, annually. The jobs that exceeded the target annual income of $50,000 or greater support additional jobs with an estimated income totaling more than $295 million.

The dynamic communities of northeast Oklahoma are also united through Tulsa’s Future in a strong commitment to regional economic development. Area chambers of commerce solidified that commitment in 2011 upon entering into an economic development compact, a groundbreaking moment in the region’s history. The partnership includes the chambers of Tulsa, Broken Arrow, Bixby, Jenks, Sapulpa, Sand Springs and Owasso. The spirit of collaboration continues to expand, with other area chambers expressing desire to join the compact.

While Tulsa’s Future is a regional collaboration, the importance of a…

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