www.theallianceokc.org December 2016 Vol. 4 Issue 12
Happy to Say "Goodbye" to 2016?
Year-end is always an economic touch point. It is a time to evaluate the trends, challenges and success of the past year and give perspective on what lies ahead in the coming year. Recently several top economists weighed in on how the state fared in 2016 and what is in store for 2017.
The City of Oklahoma City is calling for input on prioritizing the projects that will be funded by the next bond package - including streets, bridges, economic development programs, sidewalks and more.
take an online survey, Neighborhood groups can call the Neighborhood Alliance at 528-6322 to coordinate a neighborhood meeting and get survey materials. Surveys will be open until Feb. 28.
From Cathy O'Connor, Alliance President
Placemaking necessary for Innovation District
An 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 together and connect. It capitalizes on a local community’s assets, inspiration and potential to create vibrant communities. As part of the Innovation District placemaking task force, we are developing a plan for making the area a hub where people want to work and hang out.
The weather outside may be frightful - or tropical, depending on the day in Oklahoma. One thing you can count on in December is that downtown Oklahoma City will be transformed into a winter wonderland. Visit DowntownOKC for a listing of events and activities.
Follow @dtOKCbuilds for picture updates of downtown development projects.
About The Alliance
The Alliance was created in 2011 to better serve the economic development needs of Oklahoma City. With its collaboration with city and private entities, the Alliance acts as a comprehensive resource for business in need of assistance from the public sector.