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Stop Complaining About Your Rent and Move to Tulsa, Suggests Tulsa

In an effort to beef up the city’s tech workforce, the George Kaiser Family Foundation is offering $10,000, free rent, and other perks to remote workers who move to Tulsa for a year.
Thanks to a local foundation, the Oklahoma city is offering a tempting package of perks to a select cast of remote workers.
Thanks to a local foundation, the Oklahoma city is offering a tempting package of perks to a select cast of remote workers.Courtesy George Kaiser Family Foundation

“I’m a California, New York guy,” Michael Basch tells me. “I figured I’d be really bored here.”

“Here” is Tulsa, the second-largest city in Oklahoma, known for its new $465 million public park, the Gathering Place, and its annual Chili Bowl. Since moving there earlier this year, Basch says that he hasn’t been bored at all. The city may be 1,640 miles and a world away from his old home in Manhattan, but it has its own charms: Tulsa is “super hip,” “super unique,” and “exclusively un-exclusive,” he says. He calls it “the Paris of the Heartland.” (Apparently, nobody else does, yet.)