Looking to draw tech workers, creatives and other digital nomads, Tulsa, Oklahoma has created Tulsa Remote, a special program that offers $10,000 grants to eligible applicants who commit to living in the city for a year and working remotely.
Eligible workers receive access to additional benefits, including a co-working space that comes with complimentary snacks and beverages, as well as monthly meetups and workshops with fellow members and Tulsa entrepreneurs.
Program participants will also have the option of living in a new, fully-furnished apartment for a discounted rent, plus free utilities for the first three months.
To be considered for the Tulsa Remote program, we ask that applicants meet all four eligibility requirements: You can move to Tulsa within 6 months. You have full time remote employment, or are self-employed outside of Tulsa county. You are 18+ years old. You are eligible to work in the United States.
- Can Move to Tulsa Within 6 Months
- Full-Time Remote Employment or Self-Employed Outside Oklahoma
- 18+ Years Old
- Eligible to Work in United States
Money from each grant will be distributed throughout the course of one year. Participants will receive an initial $2,500 for relocation expenses, a $500 monthly stipend and a final payout of $1,500 once the program is completed.
Less like a job interview, more like a first date. We’re confident you’ll fall in love but want to make sure we’re looking for the same things. We’ll chat online and then meet in person to see if we’re a match.
Why Tusla Doing This?
By enticing young professionals to stay for at least one year, the city hopes that newcomers will decide to remain in Tulsa long term and shape the community by starting new businesses, launching non-profits or even running for political office, says Ken Levit, an executive director at the George Kaiser Family Foundation, a group that works to tackle pressing issues in the Tulsa community and is partnering with the city on this initiative.
While the program seeks strong workers from the tech sector, adds Levit, it also hopes to draw a broad array of “dynamic and talented” applicants, such as corporate recruiters, researchers and writers.
Participants can live in the City of Tulsa or in the county. Those who live in the county must work out of the co-working space the program has provided. The program will start with small groups of around 10 to 15 people at a time, Levit says. Eventually, he adds, the city hopes to have up to 300 remote workers in the program.
Tulsa joins a growing list of U.S. cities looking to attract young professionals, a list that includes: Baltimore, Maryland; St. Clair County, Michigan; and Marquette, Kansas.
Similarly, Vermont signed a bill into law last May that will pay workers $10,000 to move to the state and work remotely for an out-of-state employer.
“Remote workers have an economy already that they’ll be bringing with them,” says Levit. “We want to target folks who show promise.”