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Kaiser Nonprofit Teams With Devon to Lure Tech Jobs to Oklahoma

Several oil and gas companies are looking to bring startups to the state that could boost renewable energy and other technologies.

A pump jack stands next to wind turbines near Guymon, Oklahoma, U.S., on Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. 

A pump jack stands next to wind turbines near Guymon, Oklahoma, U.S., on Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. 

Photographer: Angus Mordant/Bloomberg
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A consortium that includes Devon Energy Corp., Williams Cos. and Oneok Inc. is partnering with a Tulsa nonprofit founded by the George Kaiser Family Foundation in hopes of bringing as many as 2,000 energy-tech jobs to Oklahoma over the next five to 10 years.

The group, which also includes the venture capital firm Energy Innovation Capital, has invested $60 million so far and aims to raise more, said Nick Lalla, co-founder of the tech-focused nonprofit group Tulsa Innovation Labs. The goal is to bring new startups to Tulsa and elsewhere around the state to diversify oil-and-gas-heavy economies, he said.