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Here you'll find the latest news and information about Oklahoma City's innovation district and placemaking progress, along with resources and links.

  • In the Oklahoma Business Briefs: DNA Solutions Earns FBI Accreditation

    by the NewsOK Staff Published: July 15,  2017 5:00 AM CDTDNA Solutions, an Oklahoma City based genetic testing laboratory, has obtained the FBI Quality Assurance Standards accreditation.DNA Solutions is one of a select few private laboratories in the United States that has the combination of QAS, AABB, and ISO/IEC 17025 accreditations which includes accreditation in Mitochondrial sequencing.A QAS accredited laboratory is a DNA laboratory that receives national recognition within the forensi...  Read More...

  • OKC Moving Forward With Innovation District

    by Kelly Ogle, News 9 Published: July 14, 2017 1:00 PM CDTOKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma City is home to several thriving districts, and a new one is on the horizon. Located just east of the downtown area, this future hub for innovation is expected to offer more than just a place to work."It's a new economy in today's world, a new high tech economy," said Terry Taylor, with the Oklahoma Health Center Foundation.Oklahoma wants to capture that economy and Oklahoma City is doing that th...  Read More...

  • U.S. Mayors Are Backing Innovation Districts To Transform Cities’ Brands (via Skift)

    Greg Oates - July 12, 2017Mayors across the U.S. are investing significant resources to develop what the Brookings Institution calls “innovation districts,” in an attempt to accelerate urban and economic development, catalyze job growth, and shift their cities’ reputations toward being incubators for progress.These districts are also providing a new type of idea collision space during meetings and conferences for visiting organizations to engage local tech and creative thought ...  Read More...

  • Video: Brookings/PPS OKC innovation district study reveal / task force reports

    Bruce Katz (Brookings), Scott Andes (Brookings), Meg Walker (Project for Public Spaces) and Jennifer Vey (Brookings) introduce their findings and recommendations from the 18-month OKC innovation district study.Placemaking, Innovation and Governance task forces report on their progress as part of the Brookings/PPS innovation district study in Oklahoma City. A general Q&A follows.Read the study release and find links to the full report and recommendations.   Read More...

  • Converging possibilities: Oklahoma City’s innovation district (via Brookings)

    Bruce Katz - Tuesday, April 25, 2017Cities rise above international competitors not just through their ability to innovate within single industries—say, auto, steel or energy—but also by identifying new points of convergence across them. Pittsburgh’s renewal, for example, has been spurred by its research in new technologies—robotics, artificial intelligence, big data analytics—that cut across multiple sectors and clusters ranging from transportation to health care.Last week, Brookings and t...  Read More...

  • O'Connor: Making space for innovation (Journal Record)

    The word “innovation” is used frequently to describe a new product, technology or service. Imagine what innovation might look like when you apply it to an entire 1.3-square-mile district.The Brookings Institution, along with the Project for Public Spaces, recently released the findings of their 18-month study on Oklahoma City’s proposed Innovation District. The designated area connects the Oklahoma Health Center on the east side of Interstate 235 to Automobile Alley on the west...  Read More...

  • Health Center Foundation to manage Innovation District

    OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Health Center Foundation is getting a new life as it takes on managing the Innovation District.“We’re going to reinvent ourselves,” said Terry Taylor, president of the foundation. “We’re going to restructure ourselves. That means a new organization.”The call for a leading entity came in a nonprofit research group’s study of the Innovation District, which stretches south from NW 13th Street to Fourth Street, southeast to...  Read More...

  • Officials ready to move on developing OKC's Innovation District

    Key leaders of an effort to create an innovation district east of downtown say they're ready to implement changes that will include more flexible zoning, making streets more pedestrian friendly and launching symposiums for scientists, researchers and entrepreneurs.The Brookings Institute and the Project for Public Places released its report on Tuesday at the Skirvin Hilton to a crowd including of key local players in health care, energy, aerospace and education.As part of moving forward, the...  Read More...

  • Researchers provided exciting report on Oklahoma City's innovation potential

    by The Oklahoman Editorial Board  Published: April 18, 2017 9:27 PM CDTMUCH has been made, with good reason, of Oklahoma City's blossoming during the past two decades, particularly the resurgence of its once-sleepy downtown. The change has been remarkable, by any measure — and there exists an opportunity for further transformational gains.This isn't simply a hometown boast. It's the view of experts who spent 18 months studying the potential of the city's inno...  Read More...

  • Oklahoma Health Center Foundation Board Votes to Assume Management of the OKC Innovation District

    OKLAHOMA CITY—The Oklahoma Health Center Foundation Board (OHCF) of Directors voted on April 13, 2017 to restructure and assume responsibility for the development and oversight of the new OKC innovation district (OKCid).The Brookings Institution and Project for Public Spaces began an 18-month study of Oklahoma City’s emerging innovation district, an area encompassing the Oklahoma Health Center and Automobile Alley and findings of the study were released at a meeting held today at the Skirvin Hil...  Read More...

  • Brookings Institution and Project for Public Spaces release strategy for Oklahoma City Innovation District

    Washington, D.C. – Today, a new report outlining a growth strategy for Oklahoma City’s emerging innovation district, an area encompassing the Oklahoma Health Center and Automobile Alley, was released by the Brookings Institution and Project for Public Spaces’ Anne T. and Robert M.   Read More...

  • Brookings: Positioned for growth: Advancing the Oklahoma City innovation district

    In today’s global economy, cities rise above international competitors—or not—based on their ability to innovate not within single industries—autos, steel, energy—but rather by finding new points of convergence across them. The implications of this new competitive landscape for Oklahoma City are significant. Two of the region’s largest economic clusters—energy and health care—are undergoing substantial disruption.  The expansion of North ...  Read More...

  • This is what an innovation district looks like (NewsOK)

    By Stephen Prescott, M.D.Imaging. It's the ability to create a visual representation of something we cannot simply view with the naked eye.In biomedical research, imaging technologies focus on things that are really, really tiny. For example, to understand how the body's circulatory system functions, cardiovascular biologists study red blood cells, which are about seven microns long.   Read More...

  • The president salutes OKC biotech, sort of (The Oklahoman)

    In his first address to a joint session of Congress last month, President Donald Trump highlighted a young woman he'd invited to the speech. Her name was Megan Crowley.“Megan was diagnosed with Pompe disease, a rare and serious illness, when she was 15 months old,” the President said. “She was not expected to live past 5.”But, he explained, Megan's father “fought with everything he had to save the life of his precious child.   Read More...

  • O’Connor: NE renaissance builds community (Journal Record)

    Northeast Oklahoma City is an area rich with Oklahoma history and culture. It is also an area that faces more serious economic and health issues than the rest of the city.According to a comprehensive lifestyle report conducted by the Lynn Institute for Healthcare Research, northeast Oklahoma City is one of the most impoverished areas within our state. The area lacks access to health care, fitness resources such as trails and gyms, healthy food choices and other factors that contribute to poor he...  Read More...

  • O’Connor: Streetcar moves economic development forward (Journal Record)

    Construction on the rail line for the Oklahoma City streetcar recently broke ground, marking another major MAPS 3 milestone. Many of us are eager to have another transit option in and around downtown Oklahoma City, but streetcar service offers more than mobility, it fuels economic growth.Portland, Oregon, has seen $3.5 billion of new development within two blocks of the streetcar route in the past two decades. And after nearly a year in operation, Kansas City attributes nearly $3 billion in new ...  Read More...

  • New line of revenue: Streetcar route development favors independent business owners (Journal Record)

    Molly Fleming, Journal RecordGallup Map & Art Co. owner Pat Carroll has been reshaping the product he’s offering in his Kansas City, Missouri store.The store has been in downtown since the 1960s. In the late 1980s, Carroll considered moving.   Read More...

  • OMRF research could help strengthen an aging population (Journal Record)

    By Sarah Terry-Cobo, Journal RecordHolly Van Remmen is looking to genetically modified mice for clues to help stem a universal, age-related affliction.The Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation aging and metabolism research chairwoman and her collaborators at three universities are trying to understand what causes muscle loss. She received a $2.1 million grant to continue her studies on muscle wasting and a cascade of consequences that follow.There is no good intervention or treatment to reduce ag...  Read More...

  • Cell death grant worth $1.74 million (via Journal Record)

    By Sarah Terry-CoboCall it a happy accident. Courtney Griffin didn’t intend to study a new cell death type called necroptosis in her Oklahoma City lab, but the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation scientist stumbled across a protein that destroys blood vessels, which can lead to heart disease.Now she has a $1.74 million federal grant to study the protein. The National Institutes of Health’s National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute awarded the four-year grant on Dec.   Read More...

  • City Council approves TIF to promote development in the innovation district area

    • The council approved tax increment financing to promote development in the area anchored by the Oklahoma Health Center east of downtown. No one spoke at a public hearing on the new tax incentives for the Innovation District. Planners anticipate an estimated $400 million in new public and private investment and creation of about 1,500 jobs.Read the entire brief on the City Council meeting at newsok.com.   Read More...

  • O’Connor: Placemaking necessary for Innovation District (Journal Record)

    By Cathy O'ConnorAn innovation hub has several key ingredients: stellar research institutions, an ecosystem of firms and entrepreneurs and collaborative networks. The Oklahoma Health Center excels on these points, but an early finding of the Innovation District study by the Brookings Institution and the Project for Public Spaces shows the area is lacking a vibrant community outside of work.Placemaking is the planning, design and management of public spaces to encourage people to come togethe...  Read More...

  • Q&A with Terry W. Taylor: Foundation president enjoys promoting, advocating for Oklahoma Health Center

    Foundation president enjoys promoting, advocating for Oklahoma Health CenterIt's a Monday morning and Terry Taylor, president of the Oklahoma Health Center Foundation (OHCF), is preparing for a meeting that afternoon to recap a recent fundraising dinner.Since 2000, the OHCF has sponsored an annual “Treasures for Tomorrow” gala to thank Oklahomans who've brought goodness to the Oklahoma City community. More than 80 have been recognized, including this year's honorees Mike ...  Read More...

  • Watch the Chamber Forum on the Innovation District

    12/6/16Sheraton Oklahoma City Downtown Hotel   Read More...

  • A call for collaboration: Leaders consider ways to improve Innovation District (The Journal Record)

    By Molly M. FlemingOKLAHOMA CITY – The neighborhood surrounding the Oklahoma Health Center should be better integrated into the area, said Cathy O’Connor, president of The Alliance for Economic Development.“We need to have a porous campus,” she said.She described the campus as a silo, where activities happen inside. She is part of a task force that’s developing the area into the Innovation District.   Read More...

  • New increment financing proposed for innovation district (NewsOK)

    A new tax increment financing district is being proposed as part of ongoing talks to create an innovation district just east of downtown Oklahoma City.The proposal for creation of a new tax increment financing district east of Interstate 235 between NE 13 and NE 4 also includes two smaller “sub-districts” that only would be started with pending development.The sub-districts include the Chaparral apartments, a Section 8 public housing project at 1301 N Stiles built in 1984 and recentl...  Read More...

  • OKC pharmaceutical firm acquired in $665 million deal (NewsOK)

    A global pharmaceutical company will pay up to $665 million for an Oklahoma City research firm that recently completed a large trial of a drug that treats pain among those with sickle cell disease.Novartis on Monday announced it has acquired Selexys Pharmaceuticals Corp., a Oklahoma City company specializing in development of therapeutics in certain hematologic and inflammatory disorders.In 2012, Novartis obtained the exclusive right to acquire Selexys and the drug SelG1. Novartis said it exerci...  Read More...

  • Progress continues in OKC innovation district

    Progress continues on Oklahoma City’s innovation district study, with approximately six months left on the original 18 month study being conducted by Brookings and Projects for Public Spaces (PPS).In September, Scott Andes from Brookings took part in an innovation task force meeting in Oklahoma City where representatives from OMRF, GE, the University of Oklahoma, i2E, Center for Economic Development Law and Midtown Renaissance were considering ways to promote collaboration in innovation.Th...  Read More...

  • OK Gazette: Imagination, innovation, GE Global Research Center fits right in at OKC’s developing innovation district

    “Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” Albert Einstein’s words are displayed inside newly opened GE Global Research Oil and Gas Technology Center, a $125 million facility that opened last week in Oklahoma City.The modern, 95,000-square-foot research and development center overlooks downtown Oklahoma City and the skyscrapers home to well-known oil and natural gas companies. The building is decorated with the words of some of history’s great...  Read More...

  • GE opens Oklahoma City Oil and Gas Technology Center

    Two test wells drilled deep underground and a well simulation towering five stories above highlight the advanced research capabilities of GE's Oil and Gas Technology Center, which the global technology company celebrated Wednesday morning.Home to 120 employees and designed to advance technology throughout the oil and natural gas industry, GE's newest global research center is the company's 10th worldwide and the first to focus on only one industry."The plan is to be at the fo...  Read More...

  • AURP 2016 International Conference Kicks-off in Oklahoma City

    Thriving Innovation District Welcomes University Research Park Representatives from Around the WorldOKLAHOMA CITY, Sept.  28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Association of University Research Parks (AURP) kicked-off its annual International Conference today in Oklahoma City (OKC) with hosts University of Oklahoma (OU) Research Campus and the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber. This event is being held primarily at the Skirvin Hilton today through September 30, 2016—drawing industry experts and r...  Read More...

  • Apartments near OU Medical School could attract students (The Oklahoman)

    Second-phase development at the former Page Woodson School in northeast Oklahoma City is set to start this winter with the addition of market rate apartments.For the past 20 years, the Page Woodson School, 600 N High, has sat vacant on a hill overlooking Oklahoma City's John F. Kennedy neighborhood. The building, closed by Oklahoma City Public Schools, was repeatedly vandalized and set on fire.Developers Ron and Jason Bradshaw are set to complete renovation of the historic school into affordable...  Read More...

  • Oklahoma City, business leaders consider pursuing physical link between downtown and Innovation District (The Oklahoman)

    Dozens of civic and business leaders gathered Wednesday to consider whether to pursue building parks and commercial development over Interstate 235 as a way to create an “OKC Innovation Link.”Miles Associates, which unveiled plans last month, provided the first cost estimate for the proposal, suggesting the first phase between NW 6 and NW 10 could be built for less than $100 million. The entire proposal, which would extend the development to NW 13, is estimated at about $200 million....  Read More...

  • Trickle-down theory (NewsOK)

    Let's say that you are slowly going blind, the victim of a progressive eye disease known as diabetic retinopathy. There is treatment that can prevent blindness, and your choice is between an injection directly into the eye or an eyedrop twice a day, which costs a fraction of the injection.I know which I would choose. However, it's not that simple.   Read More...

  • Oklahoma City Community Foundation adding to its downtown building (NewsOK)

    The Oklahoma City Community Foundation is preparing to add a three-story addition, creating a new look for the entrance to the popular Ninth Street entertainment strip.The foundation built its headquarters on the block of Broadway between NW 9 and NW 10 in 2007, but left the corner at NW 9 a green space reserved for future expansion.The time for development of that property has come, and construction is set to start in January, said Jana Steelman, the foundation's director of communications...  Read More...

  • The purpose of parklets

    via The Journal RecordThis Friday, Downtown OKC Inc. will be hosting several parklets in and around downtown Oklahoma City as part of PARK(ing) Day.PARK(ing) Day is an annual worldwide event on the third Friday in September when parking spaces are transformed into temporary public parks and gathering spaces. The project began in 2005 in San Francisco, where parklets have become very popular and many now exist year-round.   Read More...

  • Prairie Artisan Ales plots downtown Oklahoma City brewery

    Tulsa-based Prairie Artisan Ales will start brewing beer in Oklahoma City as part of a mixed-use redevelopment of an old warehouse near Automobile Alley.Developers Brandon Lodge, Cale Coulter and Patrick Murnan purchased the old warehouse at 3 NE 8 earlier this year for $1.2 million. The building has been used as storage space for years.Prairie Artisan Ales will be an anchor tenant in the building, inhabiting 4,000 square-feet that will include a brewery, tap room and creative art space.Lodge en...  Read More...

  • Innovative art piece 'Cloud City' to open at Campbell Art Park

    OKLAHOMA CITY (KOKH) — An innovative new art exhibit is creating a lot of buzz in Oklahoma City.You might notice something strange among the trees as you drive down Broadway."The coolest fun house on the planet. Once you get to the top it almost has a tree house sort of feeling,” Oklahoma Contemporary Artistic Director Jeremiah Matthew Davis said.No it's not an alien spacecraft, or a giant molecule. It's the latest piece of art Oklahoma Contemporary has added to the st...  Read More...

  • Millions to go as doctor pursues cancer cure (The Journal Record)

    Dr. Courtney Houchen is a step closer to advancing a treatment for pancreatic cancer. The chief medical adviser and co-founder of COARE Biotechnology received in July a $2 million grant from the Small Business Innovation Research program.He’s still years away from, and several million dollars short of, producing a drug that could stop the deadly disease.   Read More...

  • Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation celebrates 70 years (NewsOK)

    In 1946, DNA was just a collection of letters. Genes were nicknames for those with the given name Eugene. And the first biotechnology company wouldn't be born for another three decades.But in Oklahoma, a group of physicians and business leaders saw the potential that biomedical research held.   Read More...

  • Legacy Revival (NewsOK)

    C.W. Morgan is smiling a lot more these days as he passes the corner of NE 4 and Lincoln.For years, his family's legacy, the two-story, Art Deco Morgan Building was boarded up and cut off from surrounding streets.But the glass blocks and new windows are providing passers-by like Morgan proof the property finally is coming back to life after numerous sales from one owner to another who failed to make any significant repairs.JHBR, an architecture firm, recently moved into the second floor of ...  Read More...

  • Bioscience industry highlighted in San Francisco

    More than 60 scientists, business leaders, educators and economic development officers from across the state of Oklahoma took the best of Oklahoma bioscience to the 2016 BIO International Convention in San Francisco last month. The delegation spent four days promoting the accomplishments of the Oklahoma bioscience sector and meeting with potential business partners.“The momentum for this region’s bioscience industry has truly never been stronger,” said Roy H. Williams, CCE, pre...  Read More...

  • About 100 hundred tons of sand has been trucked in to give downtown Oklahoma City that feel of being at the beach (NewsOK)

    Editor's note: while not technically within the innovation district study area, this nearby installation is a good example of a placemaking exercise so we thought it would be of interest.Beach lounging will take on a downtown feel now that the Bricktown Beach is in place next to the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.About 100 tons of sand was trucked in to give the appropriate beach effect. The beach will be free and open to the public from mid-June to the end of July.During weekdays, visitors c...  Read More...

  • Oklahoma City startup tech company grows rapidly, hires 100th employee (NewsOK)

    After a year of rapid growth, desks have been crammed into nearly every usable corner of the startup company WeGoLook's downtown Oklahoma City office.The company, which specializes in on-site inspections and other field services, just hired its 100th employee and plans to hire about 30 more in the next 12 months. WeGoLook has nearly outgrown its office and is planning on expanding in the basement of the beige brick building it occupies just off Interstate 235."More and more transaction...  Read More...

  • Oklahoma School of Science and Math boosts innovation, economy (The Oklahoman)

    Ryan Dennis, M.D., the founder of Linear Health Sciences, is an Oklahoma physician who grew up on a pig farm in Macomb, OK. He attended the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics and received his medical degree from the College of Medicine at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Now, he has founded an Oklahoma company that has developed a break away IV for hospital patients.There are a lot of “Oklahomas” in that paragraph.   Read More...

  • OU intern does triple duty at 2016 biotechnology convention (The Oklahoman)

    SAN FRANCISCO — For University of Oklahoma graduate student Amanda Curtis, the 2016 Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) show required some unique multi-tasking skills.Curtis greeted visitors to the Oklahoma exhibition booth. She participated in Oklahoma Bioscience networking events. And she sat in on multiple partnering meetings with her colleagues from OU's Office of Technology Development.All in a day's work.“Since I'm an intern with them, one of my duties is to pitch OU's research to po...  Read More...

  • Oklahoma City businessman unveils new online marketplace at annual Biotechnology conference (The Oklahoman)

    SAN FRANCISCO — Oklahoma City's Max Doleh brought a new online concept that connects buyers and sellers of biotechnology services to San Francisco on Tuesday amid the world's largest biotechnology conference that is designed just for that purpose.As an estimated 15,000 scientists, university researchers, business executives and economic development professionals gathered for the annual Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) convention at the Moscone Center, Doleh proposed a more efficient way...  Read More...

  • Bricktown Beach coming to Oklahoma City (KFOR)

    Editor's note: while not technically within the innovation district study area, this nearby installation is a good example of a placemaking exercise so we thought it would be of interest.OKLAHOMA CITY - It takes a few million years for a beach to form naturally but, in just two weeks, a concrete area in Bricktown will turn into a summer paradise.123 tons of sand will fill the area for the summer for the Bricktown Beach."This big area, this is where there will be the option to do volley...  Read More...

  • 'Northeast Renaissance' held at Douglass High School (The Oklahoman)

    ONE OKC: A Northeast Renaissance attracted large crowds to Douglass High School's Miller Football Stadium.The outdoor event on Saturday was hosted by the Northeast Renaissance Steering Committee, Leadership Oklahoma City's LOYAL Class XI and the Alliance for Economic Development.The free event featured visual and performing arts, food trucks, pop-up vendors, a community mural and themed activities for the family including wellness and education.See photos of the event at newsok.com.   Read More...

  • Event to celebrate development, engagement in northeast Oklahoma City (The Oklahoman)

    In a city that has reinvented itself over the past few decades, northeast Oklahoma City is searching for its own renaissance.“We want to show the rest of Oklahoma City that there is a new northeast side coming and you're invited,” said Quintin Hughes about oNE OKC, a free community event planned for Saturday. “The goal here is to showcase and honor the past, present and future of northeast Oklahoma City. We want to make sure people have the chance to be informed about what is happening and have ...  Read More...

  • Initiative gets underway in OKC (The Oklahoman)

    Every workday, the Oklahoma Health Center campus just east of downtown is home to almost 17,000 people who pursue medical education or work in health care, education and research-related jobs. When their workday is done, they go home. Now an initiative is underway to make the 325-acre campus more inviting as a place for people to linger after work by creating places to gather, eat, drink and perhaps even live.   Read More...

  • Brookings, PPS continue study of Oklahoma City (The Point)

    (from the Chamber's The Point newsletter)Representatives from the Brookings Institution and Project for Public Spaces recently visited Oklahoma City to update stakeholders on their study of Oklahoma City’s emerging innovation district and to engage the community in the process. They also shared an initial assessment of their ongoing audit focused on the innovation district, an 843-acre area that includes the Oklahoma Health Center and Automobile Alley. Their look at the ...  Read More...

  • O’Connor: On the Innovation District (The Journal Record)

    By Cathy O'Connor via the Journal Record One of the most interesting and exciting changes in Oklahoma City in recent years has been the emergence of unique districts throughout the city.Investments in the MAPS projects and other public improvements have helped to bolster the efforts of the private sector to create new and interesting commercial and residential areas. Midtown, Film Row and the Plaza District are among the examples where public and privately funded efforts have created new re...  Read More...

  • The Power of Engaged Citizens in Oklahoma City

    By Project for Public SpacesOn a breezy winter day in late February, the city of Oklahoma City convened its local talents to brainstorm about the future of its emerging innovation district through a placemaking workshop facilitated by PPS. For over six months, PPS has been working on a joint initiativewith the Brookings Institution to connect placemaking and innovation in Oklahoma City. This is one of two pilot projects for the Bass Initiative on Innovation and Placemaking, which focuses on expl...  Read More...

  • Innovation magazine on OKC's innovation district & renaissance

    There's some good coverage on the Innovation District and OKC's entrepreneurialism and renaissance from Innovation magazine this month: AN EMERGING TECH CENTER: OKLAHOMA CITY Creating the “Power of Place” By Jim Stafford "Two decades after Oklahoma City embraced a groundbreaking initiative that remade the city through a series of pay-as-you-go projects, another initiative is emerging with implications for economic development. In October, the Brookings Institution announced that Oklahoma City is...  Read More...

  • Brookings / PPS presentation deck

    For those that missed the Brookings / Project for Public Spaces presentation last week and were curious (or if you attended but just wanted to see the slides again), here is a pdf of the presentation that was given.   Read More...

  • NewsOK video - Innovation Districts

    The Brookings Institute’s pilot project to use Oklahoma City as a new model for creating innovation districts is being tested out with planners, developers, medical researchers and civic leaders this week. See the video here.   Read More...

  • Project pushes ties between neighborhoods and companies in Oklahoma City's innovation district

    The Brookings Institute's pilot project to use Oklahoma City as a new model for creating innovation districts is being tested out with planners, developers, medical researchers and civic leaders this week. Oklahoma City was chosen along with Philadelphia for the 18-month study, which is funded by the Anne T. and Robert M.   Read More...

  • O’Connor: Research leads to innovation (The Journal Record)

    By Cathy O’ConnorThe Journal RecordA more diverse economy has long been a goal of job creation efforts in Oklahoma City.One area of focus has been the Oklahoma Health Center, where there has been an emphasis in the past on growing medical and bioscience employment. Most recently these efforts include the development of the GE Global Oil and Gas Research Center. This center will add other types of technology employment to the area.This is the first sector-specific global research center developed...  Read More...

  • Placemaking: Bringing innovation to life

    From Greater Oklahoma City Chamber publications: The traditional landscape of innovation for most of the 20th century was inaccessible – with major companies operating in remote office parks that were isolated from other commercial, housing or retail developments. However, the geography of innovation is returning to cities. In order to address the importance of community and connectivity to the overall concept of innovation, the Bass Initiative on Innovation and Placemaking includes the expertis...  Read More...

  • Helpful links and resources

    As the Chamber and Oklahoma City community continues to work with Brookings and Project for Public Spaces about placemaking and innovation districts, here are some helpful links and resources for those interested in this public and how it could affect them: Brookings: www.brookings.edu Project for Public Spaces: www.pps.org “The Rise of Innovation Districts: A New Geography of Innovation in America” “One year after: Observations on the rise of innovation districts” The Anne T. and Robert M. Bass...  Read More...

  • Innovation districts: 'Competitive Places and Cool Spaces'

    ​From Greater Oklahoma City Chamber publications: Oklahoma City is the focus of a new study that will take a close look at its emerging innovation district and offer ways to turn it into a destination center where collaboration and innovation can flourish, those who attended the recent Greater OKC Chamber board retreat learned. In return, such a place leads to economic growth and boosts the city’s ability to attract college graduates and entrepreneurs. The area that encompasses the Oklahoma Heal...  Read More...

  • Oklahoma Innovations radio show discusses OKC's innovation district

    The Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology (OCAST) featured Joyce Burch with the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber discussing the latest news about the innovation district and about recent events involving the city's biosciences and entrepreneurial communities. Listen to the interview. Read the transcript.   Read More...

  • Oklahoma City's new innovation district could demonstrate power of place

    By Scott Meacham For The Oklahoman There's a grassroots trend afoot in entrepreneurship that's really gaining steam. I'm going to call it the Power of Place. That's why the vision of Oklahoma City as an innovation district is so exciting.   Read More...

  • Oklahoma City's innovation district to be focus of Brookings study

    OKLAHOMA CITY (October 14, 2015) – The Brookings Institution and Project for Public Spaces have begun an 18-month study of Oklahoma City’s emerging innovation district, an area encompassing the Oklahoma Health Center and Automobile Alley. This work, which will focus on the district’s economic strengths’ and quality of place, is part of the Bass Initiative on Innovation and Placemaking, a joint initiative the two organizations launched last week. The study will examine the rising interplay betwee...  Read More...

  • Brookings announces new initiative for innovation and placemaking; OKC one of first projects

    WASHINGTON, DC, Oct. 8, 2015 — Brookings Institution President Strobe Talbott today announced the establishment of the Anne T. and Robert M.   Read More...

  • Business of Health: Philadelphia story bears similarities to OKC's innovation district

    By Stephen Prescott, M.D. For The Oklahoman Last month, I went to Philadelphia. And despite what W.C.   Read More...

  • One year after: Observations on the rise of innovation districts

    By Bruce Katz, Jennifer S. Vey and Julie Wagner The Brookings Institute In the year since we released “The Rise of Innovation Districts: A New Geography of Innovation in America,” Brookings has visited or interacted with dozens of leaders in burgeoning innovation districts in the United States and Europe. In so doing, we’ve sharpened our knowledge of what’s happening on the ground and gained some important insights into how cities and metros are embracing this new paradigm of economy-shaping, pl...  Read More...

  • The Rise of Innovation Districts: A new geography of innovation in America

    From the Brookings Institution: As the United States slowly emerges from the great recession, a remarkable shift is occurring in the spatial geography of innovation. For the past 50 years, the landscape of innovation has been dominated by places like Silicon Valley — suburban corridors of spatially isolated corporate campuses, accessible only by car, with little emphasis on the quality of life or on integrating work, housing and recreation. For the past 50 years, the landscape of innovation...  Read More...

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