Locating the best site for business growth is more than just the facility location. Whether a business is looking to ship products out or bring materials in, Oklahoma's business environment, ease to market access (customers and suppliers), and transportation systems ensure delivery to and from every corner of the globe. Air, rail, road, or water – Oklahoma has it all.
Integrated Transportation Systems
The commercial airports of Dallas-Fort Worth, Dallas-Love Field, Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Fort Smith, and Texarkana are located within 100 miles of the Choctaw Nation territory. Along with 14 general aviation airports throughout the Choctaw Nation, business leaders have multiple options to access domestic and international commerce. Major highways connect southeast Oklahoma within a day’s drive to many domestic markets. Two inland, navagatible ports provide access to the major waterways and six rail operators provide Class I and II service across the region.
Central Access to World Markets
Oklahoma’s central location makes it an easily accessible profit center with efficient connections to more than 88 million people within a 500-mile radius. Equidistant between New York, Los Angeles, Mexico and Canada, the state is ideally positioned to serve the United States, North America, and world markets through a comprehensive network of air, ground, water, and rail transportation systems.
Oklahoma is well-suited to deliver and receive goods from around the globe. The state’s transportation assets make accessing suppliers and markets fast and cost-effective.
An international airport in Dallas and domestic airports in Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Fort Smith, and Texarkana are served by major airlines and provide access to global destinations. Southeastern Oklahoma is also home to 14 general aviation airports with several being jet capable.
Major Class I rail providers in Choctaw Nation are Union Pacific, Kansas City Southern, and Burlington Northern Santa Fe. Three short-line railroads interchange with each of the Class I providers allowing for coast to coast freight access.
Southeastern Oklahoma is a freight hub with I-35, I-40, I-44, I-30, U.S. 69/75 and other major trade routes easily accessible, allowing business and industry to deliver products to customers across North America. I-49 in western Arkansas has been designed to connect New Orleans to Kansas City. This location will improve access along the eastern Choctaw Nation border.
Oklahoma’s opportune location is able to supply 20 states by waterway. With multiple inland ports, Oklahoma has ideal access to North America via the 445-mile multi-purpose McClellan–Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System. This system connects the Tulsa Port of Catoosa, the nation’s furthest inland, all-weather, ice-free port, to the Mississippi River, the Gulf of Mexico, and seaports worldwide. Two small commercial ports are located inside the Choctaw Nation: Port of Keota and Port of Carl Albert.