ENGINEERING NEW TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATIVE RESEARCH
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Initially a boomtown for the energy industry, Tulsa has also grown to become a city full of opportunity for researchers as well. Centrally located in the Midwestern United States, Tulsa attracts research organizations from both the West and East coasts to bridge the gap and provide independent research initiatives. Tulsa is home to many world-renown medical research facilities, including Laureate Institute for Brain Research, Oklahoma Cancer Specialists and Research Institute, and one of the five Cancer Treatment Centers of America locations. Making advances in scientific and technological research, right outside downtown Tulsa sits the Helmerich Research Center (HRC) — home to the OSU School of Materials Science and Engineering. At this center, all manner of electrical and mechanical engineering as well as materials science research takes place. Tulsa is also home to advanced research facilities of the University of Tulsa, University of Oklahoma – Tulsa, Oklahoma State University – Tulsa, Oral Roberts University, and many others.
Beyond the medical and academic research laboratories is Tulsa’s revolutionary Fab Lab. Associated with the non-profit Hardesty Center for Tulsa, the Fab Lab is an MIT-chartered not-for-profit “makerspace” utilized by individuals, educators, and industry alike. Businesses of all sizes in the fields of aerospace, energy, mechanical engineering, medical equipment, and beyond utilize the 3,700 square foot space, employing the center’s abundant technologies to develop, build, and tweak tomorrow’s systems, products, and equipment.
In addition to Tulsa’s prestigious research community are the many opportunities available through SENTIR Research Labs. SENTIR researchers are granted a unique opportunity to develop ground breaking solutions in America’s heartland.
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Looking for a place to spread your business wings and fly? Few other places can boast of such a unique support network for small businesses as Tulsa, Oklahoma. Large enough to sustain ambitious commercial endeavors, but small enough to rub elbows with the city’s most influential business leaders and public officials, Tulsa is a city with an ideal balance for determined entrepreneurs. With a variety of initiatives in place to make Tulsa as hospitable to small businesses as possible, what once was a “boom town” for oil is quickly becoming such for burgeoning enterprises and organizations looking for a place to call home.
A significant reason why Tulsa can boast of such an accommodating commercial climate is thanks to its many organizations dedicated to seeing businesses succeed. Groups such as SENTIR, the Forge, i2E, Tulsa Regional Chamber, and 36 Degrees North act as business incubators by providing easy access to a variety of necessary tools to help organizations grow. The Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation, Tulsa Young Professionals (TYPROS), and many others help connect tomorrow’s business leaders with the networking and support they need today. Combine all of these helpful entities with assistance from local universities and a lucrative cost of living, and you have the ideal place to grow any business pursuits.
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ART, FOOD, AND CULTURE
Centrally located in the Midwestern United States, Tulsa is a place where the art, flavors, and cultures of the world merge and simmer. With a sustained history as a destination for success in the energy, aerospace, and financial industries, transplants to Tulsa have brought their stories, music, art, food, and way of life with them for over a century. All of these diverse backgrounds blend amiably with Oklahoma’s history and present as a land spotted with the territories of various Native American tribes. The diverse stories and celebrated cultures of all of those who call Tulsa home converge in the form of organizations, educational centers, and a neverending calendar of events happening year-round.
Tulsa is also known for pleasing stomachs without emptying wallets. If it’s fine dining you’re after, T-Town prides its self with attracting the talents of world-renowned chefs of various backgrounds and disciplines. If you’re a beverage seeker, Tulsa is known not only for its supply of unique destination bars but also acclaimed locally-owned coffee roasteries and shops. If you’re a fan of beer, you may want to hold onto your hat as the once “oil capital of the world” is home to well over a dozen breweries — most of which feature their own taprooms and outdoor beer gardens.
While you’re enjoying a night out, you’ll want to visit Tulsa’s many music venues to experience the unique “Tulsa sound” — a style inspired by the likes of the late proud Tulsan Leon Russell that has influenced the music of everyone from Eric Clapton to Jack White. Despite having a signature sound, Tulsa is also home to an incredibly diverse array of musical stylings from all over the world. It is one of the few cities of its size where one can hear live music seven nights a week all over town.
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For those looking a comfortable place to call home for their family, Tulsa, Oklahoma should top their list of ideal destinations to investigate. Tulsa is home to a prestigious public school system, ample affordable housing, diverse community organizations, and one of the lowest costs of living of any comparable municipality in the country. The city contains a revitalized library system, an array of well-tended public parks, and is a world-renowned destination for Art Deco architecture. Another feature many find surprising is the level of diversity of Tulsa as a Midwestern city — with most cultural, ethnic, religious, and national backgrounds represented in one way or another. Tulsa contains a limitless supply of educational opportunities for all ages.
A recent attraction to Tulsa was the opening of Gathering Place — a privately-funded, 100-acre park along the Arkansas River that is completely free and open to the public. Funded by the George Kaiser Family Foundation, Gathering Place appeals to the outdoor interest of most visitors. The park includes basketball courts, a full skatepark, a BMX track, expansive lawns for musical performances, an incredibly vast and elaborate playground layout, a boathouse with free boat rentals, an array of dining options, various gardens, and much more. The park was named the “Number 1 New Attraction in America” in June 2019 by USA Today.
SENTIR is proud and excited to call Tulsa, Oklahoma home. After even the tiniest bit of investigation of the city, we believe that you will begin to see why.