The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) honored the Tulsa Regional Chamber with a Gold Excellence in Economic Development award at it's annual conference in Atlanta, Georgia.
The award was specifically for Tulsa's Future work alongside tribal nations in the Tulsa region.
Tulsa’s Future is a regional economic development partnership led by the Tulsa Regional Chamber and supported by public and private investors. Now in its third five-year phase (2016-2020), Tulsa’s Future leverages diverse strategies to create jobs, attract capital investment and improve the quality of life for residents of northeast Oklahoma. From 2016-2020, Tulsa’s Future III aims to assist with the creation of 12,500 jobs with an average annual wage above $50,000, and 10,000 jobs with an average annual wage below $50,000; and to assist with the generation of $1.1 billion in capital investment.
The region is home to three of the largest and wealthiest tribal nations in the country – the Cherokee Nation, the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and the Osage Nation – each of which have invested in Tulsa’s Future since its second phase. The tribes partner with the Chamber to increase economic opportunities for their citizens and capital investment within their nations’ borders.
"This year our judges reviewed some extraordinary projects that advanced both communities and businesses," said Craig Richard, president and CEO of Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation and 2018 IEDC Board Chair. "We congratulate all the award winners, and thank everyone who nominated their projects for sharing their success with fellow IEDC members. What we learn from each other helps us to grow and advance as a profession."