Our Strategic Approach

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Growing and Sustaining Thriving Neighborhoods, Businesses, and Communities

We love Tulsa — in fact, over half of our team members are native Tulsans. Tulsa offers rich culture, great neighbors, and an outstanding quality of life. In short, Tulsa is every bit as unique as its citizens, and that necessitates the need to look at things in a different way. One that sees things as they could be, not as they are. We’re driven by the strengths and talents of all Tulsans, and we’re committed to dismantling systemic barriers of inequity to build an economy that benefits us all.

In March of 2022, PartnerTulsa released its inaugural Strategic Plan, which will guide our actions through the end of 2024. This three-year plan outlines seven core objectives:

1. Craft transformative economic strategies.
2. Build capacity and empower communities.
3. Leverage public-private partnerships.
4. Create pathways to quality employment.
5. Support small businesses and entrepreneurs.
6. Invest in neighborhood infrastructure.
7. Build and sustain robust operations.

  • Why Was PartnerTulsa Created?
  • Fiscal Year 2022 Annual Report
Why Was PartnerTulsa Created?
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Why Was PartnerTulsa Created?

On July 1, 2021, the Tulsa Authority for Economic Opportunity (TAEO) launched as a consolidated, independent economic development authority of the City of Tulsa. The move was the result of recommendations from an 8-month study to streamline and strengthen the City’s economic development efforts. In 2022, TAEO would be rebranded as PartnerTulsa.

PartnerTulsa brings together the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development (MOED), Tulsa Industrial Authority (TIA), Tulsa Parking Authority (TPA), and Economic Development Commission (EDC) into a single, enhanced Trust Authority; the entity also provides staffing for the Tulsa Development Authority.

Fiscal Year 2022 Annual Report
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Each year, PartnerTulsa will publish an annual report documenting notable highlights from the previous year, progress on implementation of the Strategic Plan, and performance on Key Performance Indicators. For Fiscal Year 2022, key highlights include:

  • $51 million in total direct investments supported through PartnerTulsa’s efforts
  • Facilitated $10 million in revolving loan repayments supporting Downtown housing
  • Partnered with the City and Retrain Tulsa to support $1.6 million in workforce development investments
  • Invested $1.06 million in affordable housing projects
  • 958 jobs created
  • 545 housing units added to the development pipeline
  • 130 businesses reached through retention and expansion efforts

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