Strong jobs and opportunity are at the core of healthy homes, communities, cities and states. Perhaps more than any other factor, stable employment positively impacts a family’s health care, education, civic involvement and quality of life.
The tribe benefits a lot just by hiring people. People need jobs.
The Economic Impact of Tribal Nations in Oklahoma Fiscal Year 2017
Oklahoma Tribal Nations are major drivers of Oklahoma’s overall economy, ranking as a Top 10 industry.
Tribal nations have put nearly 100,000 Oklahomans to work. These high-quality jobs span a vast set of industries from tourism to transportation, health care to hospitality, government services to social work. If tribes were an industry, they would rank as the 11th largest in the state by employment.
Every time a tribe opens a new facility, it’s hiring folks. It’s hiring both tribal and non-tribal members.
The benefit goes well beyond jobs. Any time you bring a business into a community, there’s more to gain than just wages going into an employee’s pocket. The ripple effect from that economic infusion of cash going straight to the citizens is critical for economic development. Kyle Eastwood, Mayor of Anadarko, notes that “it's the only way that we grow rural Oklahoma.”
It was always cars going toward Texas for jobs. Today, it’s completely the opposite. It’s people coming to Durant, Oklahoma out of Texas for jobs.
We’re really thankful for their investment, not only in our downtown, but in the creation of all the different jobs that they provide.
What I can’t imagine is what kind of investment we would make to recruit organizations that provide not only 96,000 jobs directly and indirectly, but also build hospitals and invest over $40 million in road construction.
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