Oklahoma Commerce Secretary Gives Updates On Economic Initiatives

May 13, 2021

Oklahoma Secretary of Commerce Scott Mueller and Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum shake hands at the groundbreaking for an expansion of coding school Holberton.

Several high-ranking officials delivered remarks today at a groundbreaking ceremony for a school in Tulsa that will train software engineers.

Scott Mueller, Secretary of Commerce for Oklahoma, lauded Tulsa for leading the way in economic initiatives for Oklahoma. He pointed to the success of Tulsa Remote, saying it inspired the passing of HB 2860.

"Our legislature passed a bill to encourage other communities to develop their own remote working programs. Governor Stitt has already signed that bill into law. It's called the Oklahoma Remote Quality Jobs Act," said Mueller.

The Oklahoma Remote Quality Jobs Act will provide quarterly payments for establishments or public trusts that draw remote workers to Oklahoma. Governor Kevin Stitt signed it on April 26th.

Mueller also lauded Tulsa for bringing in jobs. 

"Last week it was announced that TAT Technologies, an aerospace business, is locating here from Tel Aviv, Israel. It will employ 300 Oklahomans," said Mueller. 

He also said growth attracts growth, citing "virtuous" experiences at Goldman Sachs. 

"I spent ten years at Goldman Sachs. We used to say there flow begets flow. The more business we're doing, the more business we win, the more transactions we close, the more business we win. It's a virtuous circle. Once that momentum starts, it becomes exponential. It's not linear. That's happening here now," said Mueller.

Mayor GT Bynum was also at the groundbreaking. He lauded Tulsa's growth, saying what's happening in Tulsa now only happens every few generations.

"It's a handful of years where a generation really changes the city. In Tulsa we went through that in the '20s and '30s, we went through it in the '60s and '70s, and we're going through it now," Bynum said.  

Bynum cited the overhauling of the Gilcrease Museum and the building of a popular culture museum as steps forward for Tulsa.