Tulsa – A wonderful Place To Live!
Tulsa is a remarkable city that reflects the deep and abiding commitment of its citizens toward overcoming adversity. Pursuant to the Indian Removal Act in 1830, scores of Native Americans were removed from their lands throughout the Southeast. The forced emigration of members of the Creek Nation along the infamous Trail of Tears came to an end for a group of Muscogee people when they found an oak tree overlooking the Arkansas River, and chose that spot for the birth of a new village named Talasi (“Old Town”). On this site, they spread the ashes from the old council fire and started a new council fire, symbolic of warmth, enduring life, and wisdom.
Tulsa grew steadily through downturns and periods of epidemics and unrest, as well boom times and economic prosperity.
At one time, Tulsa was called “America’s Most Beautiful City” during the heyday of Route 66’s popularity, and the love and care put into making Tulsa a wonderful place to live continues to this day. In 2013, Tulsans approved the first phase of its Vision 2017 program, a massive and multi-faceted revitalization program addressing everything from infrastructure to heritage and preservation of historical culture. From the newly created Gathering Place for Tulsa that transforms 100 waterfront acres into parks and recreational areas to the expansion of museums and roadways, there is concrete evidence that Tulsa citizens, City Planners, and philanthropic organizations alike are pouring love and care into the continued rejuvenation of a beautiful and diverse city.
Learning from the lessons of repeated oil busts, Tulsa diversified to become a global hub for several important industries, including Aerospace and Heat Exchange Technology. Tulsa has a thriving manufacturing industry, building parts that are shipped around the world for a variety of uses. In addition to the hundreds of manufacturers providing jobs in Greater Tulsa, the Port of Catoosa as well as the nearby MidAmerica Industrial Park also facilitate industry and bring wealth to the region.
If you like to fish, have a boat, have a heated or cooled home, recently ate something from McDonald’s or Pizza Hut, ever purchased toilet paper at Wal-Mart, flown on an airplane, or if you recently drank or ate something out of a glass container, chances are high you just used or consumed something that was made in Tulsa. Tulsa is at the heart of almost everything that moves in this country, whether it is drilling or fluid pumping technology, oil and gas as a commodity keeping the wheels turning and the lights on, rail freight, instrumentation and controls of vehicles and airplanes, brake and friction products, airflow and ventilation, and so much more. Tulsans are proud to go to work every day making the components and commodities that literally make the world go ‘round.
Just take a look at who has come to town recently.
Tulsa has a host of skills training programs for the labor force, as well as several Vocational and Technical Colleges and traditional universities. The cost of living is reasonable and the people are friendly, inclusive, and civic-minded. We love our city through all of its ups and downs, and we are proud to call Tulsa home!