When the Tulsa Remote program was opened just four months ago, thousands of applications began pouring in. The program was funded by the George Kaiser Family Foundation, offering $10,000 for applicants to work remotely, but live here in Tulsa.
Now, the chosen applicants are beginning to move in, and are looking forward to what Tulsa has to offer.
Tulsa Remote was announced in November, and people all around the country took notice. The program's executive director says the goal was to get 600 to 1000 applicants in the first year, but less than 10 weeks later, the program had 10,000 applications to review.
One of the participants is Lili "Champ" Thompson, who tours around the world with the Harlem Globetrotters for six months out of the year, and now calls Tulsa her home base.
"All of us are getting involved in the community," Thompson said. "The money helps you move and it helps you financially, but also the community feel of everyone wanting to hang out and get involved makes you want to make a mark on Tulsa."
Around 100 people from 26 states across the country are beginning to move to the city, and are already starting to build their own community as they see what Tulsa has to offer.
The program's executive director says Tulsa Remote has received such great popularity, the application process will re-open in the fall.
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