09 Mar 9 Tech-Savvy Towns in Oklahoma
On the State of Oklahoma’s official website, several reasons are given as to why Oklahoma is the land of opportunity. Our central location within North America, a supportive business atmosphere, and low cost of living are just a few of the factors pointed out by the state officials, and we couldn’t agree more.
We support the mission of Oklahoma’s leaders to develop keen businesses and communities across our state, and understand that technology plays a big part in driving economic growth. But don’t expect all of the most advanced technology to be limited to urban centers like Oklahoma City and Tulsa.
Here is our list of the nine most tech-savvy towns and micropolitan areas in Oklahoma.
Weatherford, Oklahoma, is an energetic, small city positioned in the southwestern part of the state, near Interstate 40, and an hour west of Oklahoma City. It was named one of the top-ten fastest-growing small cities in the United States, and it’s easy to see why. Home of the Thomas P. Stafford Air & Space Museum, as well as Southwestern Oklahoma State University, an appreciation for technology and innovation is deeply embedded in the local culture. With undergraduate programs in a variety of science and tech fields, SWOSU is preparing new generations, as well.
The city of McAlester plays a crucial role in the realm of defense technology, not only in Oklahoma but throughout the United States. The McAlester Army Ammunition Plant produces a great deal of the ammunition used for military defense and training. Tourism and financial services are also prominent sectors in McAlester’s business community, industries that rely heavily on new and emerging technologies and high-speed internet connectivity.
Shawnee is located 35 miles east of OKC known for its progressive tech history and cultural diversity. The city has a population of over 31,000, serving as a geographical hub for the surrounding predominantly rural area. It is also the county seat for Pottawatomie County, making communications infrastructure highly relevant. Because so many Oklahomans rely on businesses in Shawnee for shopping, education, and entertainment, the town has made every effort to stay technologically advanced.
As the need for enhanced communications continues to grow at unprecedented rates, The City of Heavener has shown a true commitment to technology. Local government officials have committed to the virtual demands of residents and citizens, which are compulsories in today’s modern economic marketplace. The Kansas City Southern Railway, which operates a significant facility in Heavener, has been the largest employer for over seventy years, making Heavener a relevant crossroads in a wide range of sectors, such as agriculture, military, automotive, chemical, energy, and consumer food products.
Atoka is a thriving city with a proud history of technology and an excellent future for new businesses. Located in the core of southeastern Oklahoma, the quality of the local tech foundation is a cut above the rest. The Atoka City Industrial Development Authority (ACIDA) works with locals to strengthen Atoka and SE Oklahoma’s industrial viability. The Kiamichi Technology Center Atoka Campus offers education and operates directly with the school system in developing programs to help students of all ages prepare for the workforce. They also create classes geared toward specific industrial and technology needs.
Established in one of the most impressive regions of Eastern Oklahoma and the county seat of LeFlore County, Poteau is a viable city for technology, focused on the future of business. Previously voted one of the 100 Best Small Towns in America, the local chamber of commerce works to find unique ways to enhance the business atmosphere and establish Poteau as an economic leader in the state.
Stigler is a friendly community in the southeastern part of the state. It is the county seat of Haskell County, which was named in recognition of Charles N. Haskell, the first governor of Oklahoma. In Stigler, dedication to new technologies starts at the top. Mayor Larry Godfrey has said, “Every new business to the City of Stigler, as well as expanding local industry, can be assured the infrastructure in Stigler will meet current and future needs for business success.” The city owns two industrial parks while nearby Ft. Smith greatly expands workforce availability for new and growing tech companies.
Positioned on Historic Route 66, Clinton is known as the “Hub City of Western Oklahoma.” The City of Clinton strives to nourish current businesses in the area and grant opportunities for new companies to thrive. The well-equipped Frisco Conference Center offers a conveniently located facility that faces the demands of today’s globally connected meetings and events.
Elk City, Oklahoma, has continuously been a shining example of current technology and innovation. Locals will tell you that it comes from a spirited, pioneering history coupled with a quality of life that makes Elk City an ideal place to do business. A short drive from the Texas Panhandle, the area is a superb spot for manufacturing, production, distribution, or retail industry. Elk City is found on I-40 linking Oklahoma City and Amarillo. With businesses that have served the area for decades, the US Census once recognized the Elk City Micropolitan area as one of the fastest-growing in America.
Since 1936, Dobson Technologies has built a business around the belief that where you live shouldn’t restrict your connection to advanced opportunities. Today, we continue to live that vision by partnering with communities like these and serving high-speed internet access and other state-of-the-art technologies. Learn more about Dobson Communities.