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Business Environment

In a recent survey of small business owners by the Kauffman foundation, Oklahoma was only one of three states to receive an A+ in business friendliness.  The survey found that business owners and entrepreneurs prioritized easy-to-understand licensing regulations and well-publicized training programs ahead of tax-related issues as the most important elements in determining a state or city government's small-business friendliness.  Okmulgee has both clear licensing regulations and nationally-known workforce development programs, as well as many other business-friendly assets. 
  • Low cost of living index - Okmulgee has a cost of living index of 77.  The national average is 100.
  • Open for Business - Okmulgee has more than 979 acres in four shovel-ready industrial sites standing ready for business.  Three of the four industrial sites are in Enterprise Zones, where incentives are attractive.
  • Location - Okmulgee is in the middle of the United States and is easily accessible by air, highway, rail, and sea.
  • Workforce preparation - The ability to produce a highly trained workforce with specific skills in advanced and emerging technologies is one of our area’s greatest strategic advantages.  Free or at low cost Training for Industry program (TIP) can help you find and train your workforce talent.
  • Abundant, low-cost utilities - Okmulgee is rich in water resources. Okmulgee City operates water and server utilities that serve the city's residences and businesses.  Affordable rates are available.  Industrial electrical rates are among the lowest in the nation.  Natural gas is plentiful.
  • Low Taxes – Oklahoma has the fifth-lowest overall tax burden in the nation.
  • Right to Work - Oklahoma is a 'right to work' state and in 2013, union members accounted for 7.5 percent of wage and salary workers in Oklahoma.
  • Low cost of doing business - Oklahoma is ranked #1 in low cost of living and #2 on the factor of low cost of doing business in CNBC's America's Top States for Doing Business