Work In Bartlesville

Business Relocation Resources

Listed are numbers, addresses and details you may need to get your business up and running quickly.

Bartlesville Development Authority

201 SW Keeler – 918.337.8086

The BDA facilitates the recruitment, retention and expansion of primary industry jobs, and new destination retail businesses for the Bartlesville Area.

Bartlesville Regional Chamber of Commerce

201 SW Keeler – 918.336.8708

Membership in the Chamber gives your business access to networking, promotional and educational opportunities.

City of Bartlesville

401 S Johnstone – 918.338.4224

The City of Bartlesville outlines the steps for developing property in Bartlesville, provides links to the various application forms you may need and information on related services provided by the City.

Main Street Bartlesville, Inc.

312 S Johnstone Ave, Suite. 200, Bartlesville, OK 74003 – (918) 214-8500 –

Main Street Bartlesville, Inc. uses the Main Street Four-Point Approach™, a comprehensive strategy tailored to meet local needs and opportunities. It encompasses four distinct work areas – Design, Economic Restructuring, Promotion, and Organization – that combine to address all of the commercial district’s needs.

Workforce Oklahoma Employment Security Commission

6101 SE Nowata Rd, SteC100 – 918. 331.3400



Tulsa International Airport (TUL)

Tulsa International Airport (TUL) is located only 45 minutes south of Bartlesville, on US Highway 75. Over 180 scheduled flights depart and arrive daily from the airport, with 82 non-stop flights to 15 major airports.

Bartlesville Municipal Airport (BVO)

Bartlesville Municipal Airport (BVO) is located on the west edge of the city, bordering Sunset Industrial Park and only 15 minutes from both the City of Bartlesville and Dewey. ConocoPhillips leases and operates the airport.


Quick Facts about Motor Freight:

  • Central location for major distribution centers
  • US Highways 60 (east/west) and 75 (north/south)
  • 20 minutes to US 169
  • 40 minutes to US I-44
  • Indirect access to I-40 & I-35
  • One-to-two day delivery time to major cities in West South Central Region


Short line carriers – South Kansas Oklahoma Line (SKOL) and Southeast Kansas Rail (SEKL) – maintain interchanges with Union Pacific; Burlington Northern, Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe; Southern Pacific; Kansas City Southern; and Missouri and Northern Arkansas. SKOL is a Class II rail carrier, interchanging with most Class I rail carriers.

Ports & Waterways

Tulsa Port of Catoosa

One of the largest, most inland river-ports in the United States. Located at the head of navigation for the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System in Northeast Oklahoma, the Tulsa Port of Catoosa offers year-round, ice-free barge service with river flow levels controlled by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Economic Outlook

The city of Bartlesville is enjoying a growth spurt. While the country as a whole is still climbing out of the recession, Washington County’s economy actually has returned to pre-recession levels, according to information provided by the Oklahoma City branch of the Federal Reserve Bank. Due in part to the strength of the energy sector which helps to support Bartlesville’s economy, the town didn’t dip nearly as deeply into the doldrums of the recession as did some parts of the country.

Bartlesville is actually just part of a rosy economic outlook for the state of Oklahoma. In its 2012 America’s Top States for business survey, CNBC ranked Oklahoma as No. 1 for cost of living and No. 4 for cost of doing business. In addition, Forbes ranked Oklahoma as having the fourth best economic climate among all the states while the Frasier Institute’s Global Petroleum Survey ranked Oklahoma as the top state in which to do business in oil and gas.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 1,726,125 people were employed in Oklahoma as of May 2013. The figure surpasses the state’s pre-recession employment level (March 2008: 1, 677, 567). Oklahoma’s unemployment rate in May of this year stood at 5 percent, the ninth lowest figure in the U.S. and far better than the national rate of 7.6 percent.

Part of what makes Oklahoma – and consequently Bartlesville – an accommodating placeto do business is the state’s Quality Jobs program. A business incentive, the program gives qualifying enrolled companies quarterly cash rebates of up to 6 percent of newly created taxable payroll for 10 years.

There are several entities in Bartlesville that help grow and spur on business. the Bartlesville Development Authority has a focus to find and facilitate the capture of revenue streams on behalf of Bartlesville. they work with existing industries as well as seek to recruit new business to Bartlesville. The BDC is funded through a portion of the money generated by a quarter-cent sales tax which voters are asked to approve every five years.

Another entity, Downtown Bartlesville Inc., focuses on revitalizing and growing downtown. DBI reports that Bartlesville added 14 new businesses to the downtown area last year. By roughly the midway point of 2013, the city had already added a dozen with more projects in the works. There are currently around 300 businesses and approximately 125 residential units in downtown Bartlesville alone. The Strategy Center, a specialized division of Tri County Technology Center, also works to help businesses succeed. Rather long standing or start-up, small or large, the Strategy Center works closely with businesses by providing a wide range of customized services to strengthen a company’s workforce.

Bartlesville Development Authority


Bartlesville’s labor force is relatively well-educated and can fulfill a wide range of jobs requiring skill and specialization.


It draws upon a labor force of approximately 28,000 persons within Washington County. Over two-thirds of Washington County’s employed work force lives within the County itself, while another 12% come from surrounding Tulsa and Osage Counties. Almost half of the work force residing in Washington County – or 8,877 workers – works outside of the county, with the majority of those out-commuters working in Tulsa County. A labor force study conducted for the Bartlesville Area by the Oklahoma Department of Commerce in 2009 identified the potential availability of workers among the current workforce, based on better working conditions.

Unemployment & Employment Trends

Bartlesville’s unemployment rate has historically been lower than either the Tulsa Combined Statistical Area (CSA) or the state of Oklahoma. Employment in Washington County (Bartlesville Micropolitan Area) generally tracked the rest of the state and the Tulsa Metro. Yet, Washington County entered the recession two quarters later, and has since experienced some volatility in its recover. The initial recovery, though weaker, is forecast to accelerate. The employment of 0.5 percent in 2011 is forecast to rebound to 2.1 and 3.3 percent for 2012 and 2013 respectively. Population growth for the past decade was 4.1 percent. Looking forwards, Washington County employment growth should continue very much like the Tulsa Metro and the rest of the state.
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