Locate here


Economic Development Incentives

Muskogee offers customized incentives and grants for global companies and regional operations alike. From competitive incentives for workforce training, infrastructure, and job creation, our knowledgeable staff will help you identify the right location and receive the maximum benefit for your investment from local, state, and federal incentive programs.

The following local, state and federal incentives have been identified as applicable to companies seeking to locate or expand in Muskogee, OK. As more information about the specific project is provided, a more complete package can be developed, maximizing the benefit to you or your client.

Local Incentives

Talent Recruitment Incentive

Work Ready Muskogee: Ready. Set. Move.

Port Muskogee’s workforce effort together with The City of Muskogee Foundation is investing in talent for Muskogee area companies. If an organization has a hard to fill position within Muskogee County or creates a new position with the qualifying NAICS codes and pays more than $110% of the Muskogee average county wage, the recruit could be eligible for a one-time $10,000.00 stipend to purchase or build a home in the city limits of Muskogee.

We appreciate the support from all of our Muskogee community partners, including the Muskogee City-County Port Authority, City of Muskogee, and the City of Muskogee Foundation.

Amy Borovich

Mill Facility Leader of Georgia-Pacific


Quality Jobs Program

Oklahoma’s successful Quality Jobs incentive program promotes job growth and helps improve your company’s bottom line by injecting cash back into your business as you expand and create new jobs in Oklahoma. The Quality Jobs program provides a cash payment to companies that create well-paying jobs and promote economic development.


  • 10-year Cash Incentive
  • This program provides quarterly cash payments up to 5% of new payrolls for up to 10 years. Companies must achieve an average wage threshold and $2.5 million in new annual payrolls within three years to qualify. Companies must offer basic health insurance to employees. In some cases, qualifying companies must also attain 75% out-of-state sales

Investment/New Jobs Tax Credit Package

This program provides growing manufacturers with a significant tax credit based on either an investment in depreciable property or on the addition of full-time-equivalent employees engaged in the manufacturing or aerospace maintenance process.


  • Choice of tax credit based on investment or new employees
  • 5-year tax credit on the greater of 1% per year of investment in new depreciable property or $500 per new employee
  • Credit doubles in Enterprise Zones (Muskogee is an EZ)
  • Credit doubles if investment exceeds $40 million • Minimum investment of $50,000 • May be combined with Quality Jobs under certain circumstances
  • Includes Sales Tax Refunds on construction materials for qualifying manufacturers

Customized Employee Training

Consistently ranked as one of the nation’s leading workforce training efforts, Oklahoma’s Training for Industry Program (TIP), a CareerTech initiative, is a no-cost/low cost way for new or growing companies to create jobs. Companies receive a customized, reimbursable training program that helps create a skilled, focused, and motivated labor force.

Five-Year Ad Valorem Tax Exemption or Real and Personal Property

The ad valorem tax exemption is available to Manufacturing, Research and Development, Warehouse and Distribution, certain Computer/Data Processing Services, and Aircraft Repair.

Business Expansion Incentive Program (BEIP)

This program assists Oklahoma companies making major capital investments in depreciable items like machinery, equipment and buildings. Bonds issued from the economic development pool may be repaid from withholding taxes and other revenue. The Oklahoma Development Finance Authority administers the program and the Oklahoma Department of Commerce scores the applications and performs the assessment of the size of the incentive.


Freeport Inventory Benefits

Exempt qualifying companies from taxation on goods, wares, and merchandise that come from outside Oklahoma and then leave the state within nine months, only if such goods, wares, and merchandise are held within Oklahoma for assembly, storage, manufacturing, processing or fabricating purposes.

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)

A Housing and Urban Development program that provides communities with resources to address a wide range of unique development needs.

Tax Incentive on Former Indian Reservations in Oklahoma

All of Muskogee County falls within the classification of “Former Indian Reservation Lands.” The incentive allows for accelerated depreciation of property or tax employment credits for employing tribal members or their spouses. For most depreciable property, the recovery period is accelerated by approximately 40%. The maximum credit per employee per year is $4,000.

Federal Opportunity Zone

Opportunity Zones are an economic development tool that allows people to invest in distressed areas in the United States. Their purpose is to spur economic growth and job creation in low-income communities while providing tax benefits to investors. Opportunity Zones were created under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.

Muskogee County has several qualifying census tracts designated as Qualified Opportunity Zones. Taxpayers can invest in these zones through Qualified Opportunity Funds. New Market Tax Credits – allows eligible investors to qualify for tax credits of 39% on an investment over a period of seven years.

New Market Tax Credits

To spur private investment in low-income urban and rural communities, investors receive 39% federal tax credit.


All of Muskogee County, Oklahoma, falls within the classification of the “Historically Underutilized Business Zone.” HubZone certified small businesses receive federal contracting assistance through the U.S. Small Business Administration HUBZone Program. Benefits for companies include competitive and sole source contracting, a 10% price evaluation preference in full and open contract competitions, as well as subcontract opportunities. For more information, visit sba.gov/hubzone.

EB-5 US Investor Visa Program

The United States EB-5 visa, employment-based fifth preference category or EB-5 Immigrant Investor Visa Program, created in 1990 by the Immigration Act of 1990, provides a method for eligible Immigrant Investors to become lawful permanent residents — informally known as “green card” holders — by investing at least $1,000,000 to finance a business in the United States that will employ at least 10 American workers.” Most immigrant investors who use the EB-5 program invest in a targeted employment area — a rural area or area with high unemployment — which lowers the investment threshold to $500,000. The EB-5 program is intended to encourage both “foreign investments and economic growth”. The EB-5 Immigrant Investor Visa Program is one of five employment-based preference programs in the United States.

Small Business Funding and Resources

In Northeastern Oklahoma, you’ll find a thriving hub of entrepreneurial spirit, innovation and activity that makes Muskogee and the Greater Tulsa Region the perfect location to start and grow a business. Our team is committed to encouraging and supporting entrepreneurs and visionaries for start-up success. Contact our team to determine what programs you may qualify for or learn more below about specific funding and resources available to small businesses in Oklahoma.

Small Business Tax Credits and Incentives

American Indian Lands Tax Credits

The Indian employment tax credit has been extended through December 31, 2020. In general, this credit may entitle an employer to a 20% tax credit on a portion of the qualified wages and employee health insurance costs paid to an enrolled member of an Indian tribe or the enrolled member’s spouse.

Disclaimer: Federal tax credits on hiring expired Dec 31, 2021, and must be renewed for investments that occur past Jan 1, 2022. Accelerated federal depreciation on buildings expired Dec 31, 2020 and must be renewed for investments that occur past Jan 1, 2021.


Small Business Administration HUB Zone

The HUBZone program fuels small business growth in historically underutilized business zones with a goal of awarding at least 3% of federal contract dollars to HUBZone-certified companies each year.

Access to Capital

Cherokee Nation Small Business Assistance Center

The Cherokee Nation Small Business Assistance Center (SBAC) is proud to serve and support Indian-owned businesses by providing access to capital for new business start-ups and business expansion projects. SBAC is dedicated to the growth of Indian-owned companies and provides business coaching services designed to enhance the operation of small businesses. Programs offered through the Cherokee Nation SBAC are designed to encourage Native American-owned companies to have a greater presence in the business community.

Muscogee Nation Fund CDFI

The Mvskoke Fund CDFI (formerly known as the Mvskoke Loan Fund) was established via Muscogee National Council with the purpose to provide tribal citizens with services, lending, and resources to start businesses.

USDA Business & Industry Loan Program

USDA Business Programs provide financial backing and technical assistance to stimulate business creation and growth. The programs work through partnerships with public and private community-based organizations and financial institutions to provide financial assistance, business development, and technical assistance to rural businesses.

SBA Lending Programs

The SBA has several loan programs. Contact Port Muskogee staff concerning local banking partners.


Kiva is an international nonprofit, founded in 2005 in San Francisco, with a mission to expand financial access to help underserved communities thrive. They do this by crowdfunding loans and unlocking capital for the underserved, improving the quality and cost of financial services, and addressing the underlying barriers to financial access around the world.

I2E (Innovation to Enterprise)

Innovation to Enterprise (i2E) is a nationally recognized organization that has provided business expertise and funding to more than 700 of Oklahoma’s emerging small businesses. They work directly with entrepreneurs, researchers, and companies to help them commercialize their technologies, launch and grow new businesses and access needed capital.

OK Catalyst

OK Catalyst provides SBIR/STTR experts who assist innovators in writing Federal grant proposals, help companies secure early-stage funding to conduct R&D, and mentor entrepreneurs on how to bring their technology to market.

Access to Resources

Indian Capital Technology Center

The Oklahoma Bid Assistance Network (OBAN) at Indian Capital Technology Center is one of Oklahoma’s statewide Procurement Technical Assistance Program (PTAP) resource providers. PTAP providers are a local resource available at no cost that can aid business firms in marketing products and services to federal, state, and local governments.

Greater Muskogee Area Chamber of Commerce

The Greater Muskogee Area Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to serving as a voice and resource for business as well as cultivating economic growth. The Chamber’s programming and events help small businesses connect and grow in Muskogee.

Oklahoma Department of Commerce

Port Muskogee staff works closely with the state’s agency dedicated to economic development, The Oklahoma Department of Commerce (ODOC). The agency leads effort to encourage investment, and economic prosperity to the state of Oklahoma. Through dynamic partnerships and innovative collaborations with companies, universities, not-for-profit organizations, and government leaders, ODOC is building a business environment that supports growth and shared community prosperity.

Oklahoma Small Business Development Center

OKSBDC advises business owners in many areas including financial analysis, capital sources, business planning, operations, industry research, international trade, commercial finance, human resources, accounting, competitive market studies, import/export assistance, government contracting opportunities, information technology and economic and business data modeling and analysis.


SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) is there to support and offer assistance where needed in any stage of business. From their nationally known mentorship program to their regular educational opportunities, SCORE advocates for small businesses every day.

Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance

The Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance is a support group, advocate, and resource base for small manufacturers in the state of Oklahoma.

OSU New Product Development Center

The Oklahoma New Product Development Center (NPDC) assists Oklahoma companies with their manufacturing, product development, processes, and provides business analysis services to complement the product development process and guide the marketing communications campaigns created for companies.

Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology OCAST

The Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology (OCAST) was established by the Oklahoma legislature to help grow and diversify the state’s economy through technology development, technology transfer and technology commercialization. OCAST funds basic research, applied research and internships through the Oklahoma Health Research, Oklahoma Applied Research Support, Plant Science and Faculty and Student Intern Partnerships programs.


Building a more equitable economy through entrepreneurship. StitchCrew is not focused on helping the next big unicorn. We’d rather help hundreds of diverse entrepreneurs learn the basics of how to scale sustainably while connecting them to an extended network so they can gain leverage.

Innovation Hub: INTENT

Innovation, Technology & Entrepreneurship (INTENT) is a Tulsa-based initiative of the Tom Love Innovation Hub. INTENT offers a variety of programs to inspire, train, mentor, support and challenge you. Explore below to learn more about the programs we offer and how you can participate.


Review available incentives for workforce training, infrastructure, and job creation that are available from Muskogee and the State of Oklahoma.