As an anchor institution in the city of Tulsa, TU takes seriously its responsibility and opportunities to positively impact the economic development and quality of life in its home community.
At the local level, OPA/ED interfaces and works collaboratively with the Mayor's Office, City Council, County Commission, planning agencies, philanthropy, business organizations – and its neighborhood - - in economic development planning and implementation initiatives including:
- Kendall Whittier Stakeholders
- Kendall Whittier Promise Neighborhood
- Kendall Whittier MainStreet
- Kendall Whittier Task Force
- Kendall Whittier Urban Renewal Plan
- Route66 Development Task Force
- Route66 Experience Task Force
- 11th and Utica Corridor Small Area Plan
- Downtown Coordinating Council
- INCOG Regional Committee on Economic Development
- Regional Government Efficiency Task Force – Metro Chamber of Commerce
Additionally, OPA/ED represents TU's interests in working with the City of Tulsa in permitting, capital improvements and property development issues for the University's Main Campus, Gilcrease Museum and potential development in downtown Tulsa.
Through its government and community relations outreach, OPA/ED builds awareness and champions of TU faculty and student research and innovation initiatives among the Oklahoma Congressional delegation, federal agencies, state and local officials as well as private sector business leadership. Fostering and maintaining these relationships continues to build bridges of support for TU locally and nationally.