SUPPORTING A VIBRANT COMMUNITY

The Oklahoma City Innovation District is committed to forging economic, social, and physical connections between the district and the vibrant neighboring communities. As a district, we are working with local partners to develop strategies in the areas of education, workforce development, entrepreneurship and business development, and placemaking and community-building. In partnership with the Northeast Oklahoma City Renaissance, the Oklahoma City Black Chamber of Commerce, and others, we aim to create broad-based economic opportunity that benefits the residents throughout the district and beyond.

Priority Areas

Education: Increase the number of students who are prepared for and exposed to district employment opportunities  

Workforce Development: Design workforce training programs specifically aimed at linking community residents with employment opportunities.

Entrepreneurship and Business Development: Support an entrepreneurship and business development eco-system with a particular focus on minority- and women-owned businesses.

Placemaking and Community-Building: Develop and sponsor programs and activities to engage with families, community members, and district employees.

DISCOVERY FUELED BY CURIOSITY

The FirstHand program – run out of the University City Science Center, a Philadelphia-based incubator – engages local residents in hands-on experience through interactive experiments and projects, as well as mentoring from Science Center resident companies.

GROUNDBREAKING YEAR-ROUND PIPELINE PROGRAM

In Baltimore, the University of Maryland-Baltimore CURE Scholars Program collaborates with three city schools to prepare sixth- to 12th-grade students for research and health care center careers at the university and other health institutions in the region.

FOSTERING STRATEGIC RELATIONSHIPS

The Chicago Anchors for a Strong Economy is a collective of Chicago anchors that serve as matchmakers between Chicago-area businesses and anchors that are looking to localize their economic impact via spending.