Tahlequah Regional Development Authority

21st Century Quality Jobs

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Full Details

Get full program details by downloading the 21st Century Quality Jobs Guidelines.


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Oklahoma’s 21st Century Quality Jobs offers incentives to businesses with a highly skilled, knowledge-based workforce. For qualifying companies, this unique incentive would pay businesses cash back, up to 10 percent of payroll, for up to ten years for the creation of 10 jobs with high average wage of $94,000 annually or higher, depending on county.

Contact an Oklahoma Quality Jobs representative to request a preliminary cost-benefit analysis before you apply. This analysis estimates the payments a project may be eligible to obtain.

Technical Assistance

Technical assistance regarding program concepts, eligible companies, application guidelines and other information pertaining to the Quality Jobs Program is available upon request and encouraged.

Call (405) 815-5123 (In state), 1-800-588-5959 (Domestic) or 00+1+405-815-5187 (International).

Guidelines and Documentation

  • Quality Jobs Guidelines


Face-to-Face Assistance specific to manufacturers and service companies

Representation during the approval process

All of it, except for a one-time Origination Fee of $1,000. By working with the Oklahoma Department of Commerce (ODOC), all services rendered during the application and approval process are free of charge. Once an application has been approved and a contract between your company and ODOC is finalized, the Origination Fee of $1,000 will be deducted from the first incentive payment.

Once per calendar quarter, your company will provide information to the Oklahoma Tax Commission.

No. Each calendar quarter your company will need to complete a simple, one-page form indicating the number of qualifying employees your company had in Oklahoma each month of the quarter, and the amount of payroll paid to those employees each month. This information is the same information reported on your OES-3 reports to the Oklahoma Employment Securities Commission. Even if your company uses a consultant, you will still have to generate the payroll data to complete the claim form.

Only if your company ceases operating in Oklahoma within the first three years after enrolling in the program must the money claimed be returned.

The application process involves your company providing the 4-page application and supporting documentation. The length of time required is determined by how quickly this information can be provided to the Oklahoma Department of Commerce. The approval process typically takes a few weeks, following the application process.