TULSA - Hundreds of new jobs are on their way to Green Country.
Gov. Mary Fallin joined Verizon officials Friday morning for the announcement at Tulsa's Verizon facility near 66th Street North and Highway 75.
The company is adding 500 employees to their 1,180-employee workforce in the state.
"They're not just regular jobs. They are good quality high paying jobs in accounting and financial services, so it's exciting news for Tulsa," said Fallin.
"Today's announcement is one of the most significant our community has seen in recent years," said Tulsa Regional Chamber President and CEO Mike Neal. "Verizon's decision to build a new hub employing more than 500 skilled workers is a tremendous boost to our region's economic development efforts and reflects the spirit and commitment of Verizon as they continue a tradition of growth and investment in Tulsa."
Fallin said Oklahoma was chosen by Verizon for the state's pro-business climate.
"When you compare Oklahoma to some other states that are having huge financial struggles, Oklahoma becomes a very attractive state with their low cost of doing business," she said.
Verizon's vice president of its southern region, Michelle Robinson, said Tulsa beat out cities around the country after a year-long search.
"We looked at quality of life factors. We looked at quality of the labor, the talent in the labor pool for finance professionals. We looked at the cost of living and just many, many factors and at the end of that roughly one year process, Tulsa emerged as an ideal location," she said.
Robinson says hiring will begin in the third quarter of this year, and Verizon hopes to fill all 500 positions within two years.
The Tulsa Metro Chamber of Commerce says the addition of 500 jobs is part of increasing job growth in the region, which has grown by 4 percent since 2009.