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. “The idea is that metropolitan areas across the world are becoming the places where economies are being built,” said Roy Williams, president and CEO of the Oklahoma City Chamber.

“The paradigm of innovation has changed. It used to be we built a building that was a research facility on 50 to 60 acres of land — like Research Triangle Park (in North Carolina),” he said. “People drove there to work, and then they drove home. New innovation hubs have a very different paradigm. These new hubs are places where people work, live, play and learn.”

Read the rest of this story at NewsOK.com.

Scott Meacham is president and CEO of i2E Inc., a nonprofit corporation that mentors many of the state's technology-based startup companies. i2E receives state appropriations from the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology. Contact Meacham at i2E_Comments@i2E.org.

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