TULSA, Okla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Tulsa Remote, which offers $10,000, free co-working space and additional benefits to work remotely from Tulsa, is opening applications for the second year. In its first year, Tulsa Remote gained international attention, received more than 10,000 applications from over 150 countries and all 50 states and welcomed nearly 100 participants to Tulsa. In its second year, Tulsa Remote is more than doubling that number by selecting 250 people to receive the incentive package.
“Participants from this year blew away our expectations, and we're extremely excited to bring in another group of passionate people to Tulsa in our next year of the program,” said Tulsa Remote Executive Director Aaron Bolzle. “By more than doubling the number of participants this year, we can further our mission of attracting talented individuals from diverse backgrounds to Tulsa and connecting them to the incredible existing community.”
In addition to the incentives, the program provides unique support and resources to participants before and after they move. From providing lists of curated housing options and connections to local realtors, to partnering with organizations and hosting regular community events, the program is committed to removing barriers that usually exist when transitioning to a new city and connecting the new arrivals to the existing community.
“Taking the leap of faith to move to Tulsa was one of the best decisions I ever made,” said Tulsa Remote 2019 Participant Taylor Allen. “The community has been so welcoming and has quickly made Tulsa feel like home. I am thankful for the abundant opportunities to invest in Tulsa through what I’m already passionate about.”
With the creation of public spaces like Gathering Place, a diverse arts community, a growing music scene and one of the most affordable housing markets in the country, Tulsans enjoy a high quality of life.
“Tulsa is a burgeoning epicenter for remote work in the country, and we are ready to welcome more individuals to the community through this program,” said Mayor of Tulsa G.T. Bynum. “Tulsa Remote is deepening our city’s roster of active businesses and bench of talent, which provides mobility and networking opportunities for current residents.”
Tulsa Remote participants, and those who relocated with them, quickly seized opportunities to join nonprofits, attend community events and engage with their new neighbors, making a positive, lasting impression on Tulsa’s longtime residents.
“Tulsa Remote participants have been great additions to our growing city and have already made an impact on the community’s goal of creating a diverse, welcoming environment for all,” said Oklahomans For Equality Deputy Director José Vega. “We’ve seen participants become involved in various community organizations throughout the city, including unprompted volunteering, because they have a vested interest in making their new home an even better place for its residents and visitors.”
Tulsa Remote is funded by George Kaiser Family Foundation (GKFF), a charitable foundation working to tackle the most pressing problems in Tulsa. GKFF’s primary mission is to provide an equal opportunity for all children. Tulsa Remote contributes to this mission by further diversifying the community and workforce. The City of Tulsa and other local organizations are lending support to ensure program participants are fully immersed and engaged in the community.
“The inaugural Tulsa Remote cohort has already enriched our community. They came to town with energy, decency, idealism and a commitment to a bright future for Tulsa. We know the same will be true for this next, expanded class of talented and diverse individuals,” said George Kaiser Family Foundation Executive Director Ken Levit. “Seeing the tremendous national appetite for this program and the extraordinary people it brought to Tulsa in its first year, GKFF is excited to support the second, expanded year. We look forward to welcoming even more incredible people to our city very soon.”
Applications and more information on Tulsa Remote can be found at TulsaRemote.com. To be eligible for the program, participants must have the legal ability to work in the U.S., show consistent income, be at least 18 years of age, work for a business that is based outside of Oklahoma and commit to moving to and living in Tulsa for at least one year.
About Tulsa Remote
Tulsa Remote is a unique recruitment initiative aimed at attracting talented individuals to Tulsa. The program brings remote workers and digital nomads to the community by providing $10,000 grants and numerous community-building opportunities. Each grant is distributed over the course of a year to eligible remote workers or entrepreneurs living outside of Oklahoma. Funding is currently provided by George Kaiser Family Foundation. The City of Tulsa and other community organizations lend their support to ensure program participants are fully immersed and engaged in the community. To learn more, visit TulsaRemote.com.