Tulsa’s Future is an ongoing public-private regional economic development plan led by the Tulsa Regional Chamber.
Now in its third phase (2016-2020), the plan is designed to leverage diverse strategies to enhance the Tulsa region’s standing as a place for business, residents, visitors and students of all ages. High-value growth in existing and new businesses, thriving public and private educational institutions, and flourishing communities and downtowns will make Tulsa and northeast Oklahoma a national model for quality and sustainable regional development.
The Tulsa's Future five-year action plan was created with the participation of numerous business leaders, community stakeholders and government officials. Ultimately, successful job and wealth-creation efforts will be the result of a collaborative, unified implementation effort.
The plan calls for a new, more holistic approach to economic development. Business retention, expansion and attraction remain at the core, but small business, workforce attraction and quality of life issues—such as downtown revitalization and education—become a part of a bigger plan for regional economic prosperity.
Tulsa’s Future has identified regional metrics for the four pillars of growth:
- Assist with the creation of 22,500 jobs, 12,500 with an annual wage above $50,000 and 10,000 jobs with an annual wage below $50,000.
- Generate capital investment of $1.1 billion from new and expanding projects.
- Increase the percentage of adults with an Associate’s Degree or higher from 34.8 percent to 40 percent.
- Increase Tulsa Tech graduates in high growth industry sectors by 25 percent.
- Increase the percentage of adults with a bachelor’s degree or higher moving to the region from 25.5 percent to 30 percent.
- Complete 250 workforce assistance projects for Tulsa regional employers.
- Assist with the startup of 125 entrepreneurial and small businesses.
- Assist 25 companies in achieving commercialization.
- Increase investment in downtown by $600 million.
- Increase Tulsa’s walk score by 10 percent, from 36 to 40.