TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) — The George Kaiser Family Foundation is offering $10,000 cash for people to live and work remotely in Tulsa. Since the announcement Tuesday, almost 1,800 people have applied for Tulsa Remote.
Aaron Bolzle is the GKFF Remote Program Manager. He is already sorting through the applications.
“We had no idea what to expect, but the response has been amazing,” he said.
The number keeps on growing.
“Since the last time I checked, we’ve already got 15 new applicants,” he said. “We’re trying to just get people to apply who are either remote workers employed with a company outside of Tulsa or self-employed that have the ability to move to Tulsa.”
“By bringing people in who already have a consistent income from a company outside of Tulsa or have their own businesses, we’re just offering more opportunities for collaboration and more individuals who can have an impact and build our community,” Bolzle said.
If hired, people will receive a $10,000 grant, a space to work at 36 Degrees North and a discount on downtown apartment housing at The Flats on East Archer Street.
Bolzle said the program isn’t just about attracting people to Tulsa with benefits. Another thing they want to do is expose people to the great things happening here in Tulsa. That’s why they have a Life in Tulsa section on their website.
Maggie Hoey, executive director of Tulsa’s Young Professionals said they want applicants to want to live here.
“We’re partnering with Tulsa Remote to really help the people, once they get to Tulsa, fall in love with it and establish roots in the communities,” she said.
She said they want people to stay in our city even after this program is over.
“This type of innovative program coming to Tulsa is incredible,” said Hoey. “It’s going to impact the people who are already here by expanding their networks throughout the country.”
Finding the perfect candidates from the thousands of applicants will take time.
“We’re not going to cap it, but we are going to be focusing on 20 to 25 individuals for the first year, so it’s going to make our job pretty difficult,” said Bolzle.
He said he is excited to see just how this program takes our city to the next level.
Bolzle said his plan is to start qualified hires Jan. 1, 2019.
This is a 12-month program.
Applicants must be 18 and older, able to work in the United States and have flexibility with their location as well as a consistent income.