GreenPark Tulsa Project Moves Forward

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Local community leaders have been working to bring green jobs to North Tulsa by providing unique incentives for innovative businesses to locate at GreenPark

Local business and education leaders are converting a North Tulsa industrial park into an innovative, modern, light industrial campus designed specifically to attract job-creating businesses in the rapidly growing green technology sectors. Known as GreenPark Tulsa, the redevelopment project aims to attract over 2,000 quality jobs to North Tulsa by focusing on businesses specializing in manufacturing, research, services and education in green technologies.

GreenPark Tulsa plans to offer several groundbreaking incentives for those companies that locate in GreenPark and that meet specific milestones in creating quality, local jobs. Design development work for the park has begun, with two Tulsa-based firms – Ion Solar and Green Property Funds – retained to provide prototype “LEED-ready” building designs and site plans. These will be offered to GreenPark-based businesses, streamlining their efforts to develop facilities that are highly cost-effective and have fewer negative environmental impacts. GreenPark also offers title to land for businesses that meet job creation goals, as well as cost-saving common infrastructure such as large-scale, shared geothermal heating and cooling systems.

Located at 61st Street North and Lewis Avenue, GreenPark Tulsa is part of the Vann Industrial Park. It is located in an “Enterprise Zone,” where special tax incentives are available to businesses that locate there. Businesses locating in GreenPark will benefit from the lower land and labor costs, as well as close proximity to Highway 75 and its logistical connections to regional business and transportation centers such as the Port of Catoosa.

With the growing interest in and awareness of energy, natural resource, and environmental challenges, many businesses are planning to capitalize on the numerous opportunities available in the green tech sector. Over the last several years, companies developing renewable energy technologies including wind, solar, bio-fuels and geothermal have become important drivers of innovation and employment. Increasing the energy efficiency of buildings is also recognized as an important driver of economic development. The labor intensive nature of insulating buildings and installing modern window, door, lighting and HVAC systems leads to increased local employment. Energy efficiency also has the potential to save American homes and businesses of all sizes billions of dollars annually by cutting out wasted energy and water.

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Katie Plohocky