Taylor releases plan for job creation and workforce attraction

Plan details growing Tulsa’s economy by providing solid infrastructure, developing a skilled workforce, and minimizing burdensome regulation

(Tulsa, Okla.) – Former Mayor Kathy Taylor released today her five-point plan to grow Tulsa’s economy through job creation and workforce development and attraction.

“As a businesswoman, I know that government does not create jobs, businesses do,” said Taylor. “But I’m here today to share my plan to grow Tulsa’s economy by getting back to the basics.”

It takes a comprehensive, but limited, approach by government that includes providing solid infrastructure, developing a skilled workforce, and minimizing burdensome regulation to allow businesses to hire, compete and grow. Investing public resources in these areas will generate an even greater private-sector investment, paving the way to create real opportunities for Tulsans to work, get ahead and prosper.

    Taylor’s five-point plan called, “Back to basics plan for Jobs and the Economy,” calls for the following: 1. Making it easier to do business in Tulsa; 2. Creating a talent pipeline; 3. Increasing transparency and accountability; 4. Creating a business-friendly ecosystem; 5. Supporting private investment; 6. Leveraging City resources innovatively.

“In recent months, citizens in all districts of the city have opened their homes to me and invited neighbors and friends to have frank discussions about the future of this city,” said Taylor. “Tulsans have concerns about what we’re going to do to retain existing jobs, diversify our economy by recruiting new industries and develop a workforce that will meet our labor needs.”

The 2013 Thumbtack.com Small Business Survey, in partnership with the Kauffman Foundation, gave Tulsa its worst grade— an F — for ease of starting a business. Compare that to Oklahoma City’s B+ and Dallas and Austin, both with an A+.

One of Taylor’s strategies includes establishing a Small Business Regulatory Review Committee. Small business owner and advocate Larry Mocha, president and CEO of Apsco, Inc, agrees on the idea.

“It means that business owners, such as myself, have the seat at the table in which to share our experiences, opinions and solutions,” said Mocha.  “Tomorrow’s great communities change today’s status quo.  Together, we can identify and overcome obstacles to expansion.”

Taylor was also joined by Kayvon Olomi, co-founder of Whiteboard and founder of AppTank.  Olomi was recognized by Forbes as a Forbes 30 under 30 and by Oklahoma State University as Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year.

“In my opinion, a city must offer the types of amenities that appeal to talented entrepreneurs who can basically choose to live wherever they want,” said Olomi. “It must cultivate a culture that makes it easy to stay here and grow here.”

Taylor’s plan to put all City codes and regulations online for businesses to access, and then make the City’s performance data on timely inspections available to businesses online is important to daycare owner Wynesha Turner, owner of Turner’s Tiny Tots which launched in 2004.

“Kathy’s plan is exactly what is needed in Tulsa to ensure small businesses like mine do not get tangled up in the red tape at City Hall and can continue to flourish and grow in Tulsa,” said Turner.  “Creating a business from scratch, especially a highly-regulated business that is subject to regular inspections, can be challenging.”

“We talk a lot about workforce skill shortages and education delivery systems that are struggling to produce even adequate results, let alone world-class outcomes,” said Taylor. “Now, more than ever, it’s time to get back to the basics.”


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