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Tulsa's Future

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:

Prosperous Future

  • 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.

Skilled Future

  • 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.

Innovative Future

  • Assist with the startup of 125 entrepreneurial and small businesses. 
  • Assist 25 companies in achieving commercialization. 

Livable Future

  • Increase investment in downtown by $600 million. 
  • Increase Tulsa’s walk score by 10 percent, from 36 to 40. 

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