The Tulsa Benchmarks project is built on an ongoing research initiative of the Tulsa City Government and University of Tulsa. These benchmarks will help policymakers, community leaders, and service providers to identify the health, social, and economic issues facing Tulsa today.
Mayor Bartlett believes that in these times, partnerships between the City of Tulsa and the University of Tulsa have a great potential to yield solutions which will aid in growing the local economy, creating sustainable jobs, and in positioning Tulsa to be a strong competitor in the world economy and markets.
The future of Tulsa's economic stability depends upon our regional strength. Knowing our strengths and our weaknesses in the competitive arena of attracting new businesses is the first step in a comprehensive and coordinated regional plan.
Why hold the study?
In these times of stagnant economic expansion, high unemployment levels, and the struggle to provide basic municipal services, cities have to be very strategic with laser-like focus on acquiring a competitive edge in attracting new businesses or expanding existing ones to grow their local economies. The responsibility for growing and maintaining vibrant cities lies with the mayors of the cities, not the federal and state governments. To assure cities are strong and attractive for business development and growth, city leadership needs to know the strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities especially compared to other cities.
Identifying the competitive advantage and where the challenges to this advantage lie requires extensive data analysis and comparison of common factors. This process of comparing Tulsa and the cities within the Tulsa region that compete for jobs and business development is crucial to successful growth, leaving Tulsa well positioned for economic success.