Tulsa Remote is a unique recruitment initiative aimed at attracting talented individuals to Tulsa. The program brings remote workers and digital nomads to the community by providing $10,000 grants and numerous community-building opportunities. Tulsa Remote is closely monitoring the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. As the situation continues to evolve, our top priority remains the health, safety, and well-being of you, our participants, and our community. We are taking decisive, informed action to limit the spread of COVID-19 by following the City of Tulsa’s recommendations while continuing our program in a safe manner.
Tulsa Remote is actively accepting applications, and selected participants are still moving to Tulsa through a modified welcome process.
1. How are you helping applicants who are visiting Tulsa take precautions to protect themselves and those with whom they interact?
Visits have evolved as we continually assess the pandemic. While visits were conducted in June and July with social distancing, PPE, smaller groups and outside events, they are now paused until further notice due to the increase in cases nationwide.
2. How is COVID-19 impacting the activities of Tulsa Remote?
Tulsa Remote is following the guidelines of the City of Tulsa and the Tulsa Health Department. All events hosted by Tulsa Remote are either virtual or held outdoors, socially distanced, and in compliance with the Tulsa Mask Mandate.
3. How do you build community while still being safe during this time?
We encourage ongoing engagement and opportunities to connect with the Tulsa community during the pandemic through virtual programming and small, in-person events for those who are comfortable, while following all state and city guidelines. Tulsa Remote curates a weekly newsletter of upcoming local events and opportunities to get involved. Additionally, we host a Slack channel for Tulsa Remote participants as a way to connect, network, and socialize.
4. Do you have a support plan in place for those in the program who test positive?
Tulsa has a robust healthcare system and local testing facilities. We encourage participants to get tested if they are experiencing symptoms or have come in contact with someone who has tested positive. We respect the privacy of participants but ask that they disclose positive cases to our team if they have been near Tulsa Remote staff or other participants. Our internal practices include an assessment of risk and HIPAA-compliant disclosure if needed.
5. Do people who move to Tulsa during the pandemic have a positive experience?
Yes! In fact, over 140 people have moved to Tulsa through Tulsa Remote this year. Hear from a few participants who shared their thoughts about moving during a pandemic:
“I don’t regret moving from Seal Beach, CA to Tulsa this May. A few challenges in a cross country move during a pandemic were overcome. Green Country is a fabulous area to explore if you love the outdoors. The newsletter from 36 Degrees North has helped me connect to some of my local interests so far in isolation.” Carole
“Tulsa is the place to be! The more spread out thing honestly is a huge deal.” Christina
“Folks in the community have been very open and accepting as well, so you will find folks to do stuff with here.” Steve
“The people I’ve connected with in our community so far couldn’t have been more friendly and welcoming. And isn’t it all part of the big adventure overall?” Karen
“When I’m feeling boxed in, a walk around the 400+ acres at The Gathering Place helps. If I can get there early in the morning before the heat! I’ve settled into a wonderful neighborhood just outside of downtown, and my neighbors have been really welcoming, as have the TR community. That said, I’m looking for more ways to create connections. You have to work at it a bit more with COVID but I think it can be done!” Julie
6. I have been invited to visit and/or join the program. Can I delay my initial visit and/or my overall move to Tulsa?
There is no “deadline” to visit or move. Your health and safety are our number one concern, and we are happy to accommodate the schedule and plans that are most convenient and comfortable for you. If you’re looking to defer your visit and/or relocation for more than 6 months, please reach out to the Tulsa Remote team member with whom you’ve been communicating.