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Tulsa Economic Development Projects

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Gilcrease Museum Expansion ($65m): Provides an extensive remodel and expansion of the Gilcrease Museum, creating a world class facility to celebrate the museum’s incredible collections, bring internationally significant shows to Tulsa, and attract an estimated 500,000 visitors to our restaurants and hotels each year.

 

Cox Business Center ($55m): Expands the current convention center, allowing Tulsa to remain competitive with other regional convention centers; creates a master plan for the redevelopment and economic growth of Tulsa’s Arena District—maximizing the potential of the BOK Center.

 

Tulsa Fairgrounds ($30m): Funds infrastructure and building enhancements at Expo Square, allowing Tulsa to retain and recruit large-scale, national, and international events, which bring additional sales tax revenue to the city.

 

Airport Infrastructure ($27.3m): Provides funding to maintain and renovate city-owned infrastructure; replaces the electrical switch gears at Air Force Plant 3; provides for structural improvements to the maintenance center’s plating facility; and upgrades the electrical substation that services the maintenance center.

 

Tulsa Zoo & Living Museum ($25m): Takes the next step in the Tulsa Zoo’s 20-year Master Plan to increase visitors through continual improvement; expands the front entry to accommodate more daily visitors and develops a new “Lost Kingdom Elephants” exhibit.

 

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Langston University ($16.3m): Constructs a new complex to house and expand Langston’s healthcare training courses, including nursing, public health, physical therapy, and rehabilitation services.

 

Olympic Training Center and BMX USA National Headquarters ($15m): In partnership with Tulsa County, funds construction of an Olympic training center for BMX athletes and national headquarters for BMX USA at the former Drillers Stadium. This project is projected to generate more than $11 million and 100 events over five years.

 

South Mingo Corridor ($15m): Widens Mingo Road between 71st and 81st Streets and provides funding for design and right-of-way acquisition on other segments, including Mingo Road between 81st and 91st Streets and 91st Street between Mingo Road and Memorial Drive, to accommodate significant traffic increases and current and future economic development.

 

Public Schools – Safety First Initiative (14.5m): Funds targeted safety improvements at 82 Tulsa Public Schools sites, five Jenks Public School locations, and 17 sites in the Union School District, to ensure safe crossings for students and their parents; provides equipment for increased communications between schools and emergency responders.

 

Capital Equipment – Non-Public Safety ($12m): Maintains, repairs and replaces much-needed city equipment over the course of this package.

 

Citywide & Route 66 Beautification and Reinvestment Fund ($11m): Creates a fund for annual beautification of Tulsa’s residential neighborhoods, deteriorating commercial shopping areas, and major thoroughfares and entryways into downtown and the city.

 

Peoria-Mohawk Business Park ($10m): Prepares a site at 36th St. North and Peoria Ave. for highly-skilled, primary jobs, hiring Tulsans from the surrounding north Tulsa community.

 

Public Schools – Teacher Retention and Recruitment ($10m): Provides incentives to support teacher recruitment and retention at TPS, Jenks and Union school sites in Tulsa.

 

Community Health Connection Facility ($10m): Constructs a larger facility in east Tulsa for this federally-qualified health center, allowing it to meet growing demand and replace dilapidated facilities.

 

Air National Guard F-35 Simulator Training Center ($9.4m): Provides a local match for the construction of a Mission Training Center at the Tulsa Air National Guard base, a key component in securing operational duties for the next generation aircraft—the F-35—and protecting the base from future base closings.

 

Discovery Lab ($8m): Provides matching funds to the Tulsa Children’s Museum for a science center in the Gathering Place, with private funding covering the remainder. Activities will focus on STEM and healthy living, benefiting Tulsa’s children and attracting visitors from across the region.

 

Peoria Connection ($7m): Acquires land and makes streetscaping and infrastructure improvements for future economic development on N. Peoria Ave. from 56th St. N. to Mohawk Blvd.

 

Tulsa Community College Career Placement ($5.3m): Renovates areas used for student advisement, admissions, and enrollment services, creating a new Career Placement and Student Success Center, to increase graduation rates and connect graduates to Tulsa employers.

 

OSU-Tulsa Innovation Center (University Center at Tulsa Authority) ($3.6m): Provides partial funding for site acquisition and preparation for the OSU-Tulsa Innovation Center, which will allow private companies to work with OSU researchers to develop projects in highly technical fields like aerospace and advanced manufacturing. The Innovation Center will be a part of a larger commercial development just north of downtown.

 

McCullough Park ($3.6m): Enhances McCullough Park with a new playground, water playground, two new shelters, and a half-mile trail; creates a BMX track and spectator area, a lighted multi-use sports court and upgrades to the existing parking lot.

 

Mohawk Sports Complex ($3.5m): Improves parking and access to the City of Tulsa’s Mohawk Sports Complex, maximizing the potential for high-economic impact sports tournaments.

 

GO Plan ($3.1m): Funds key projects on the publicly-developed Bicycle/Pedestrian Master Plan, including sidewalks, bike lanes and corridors, trail expansions and improvements, and other pedestrian improvements along commercial corridors.

 

Route 66 Village Train Depot ($3m): The project would expand this iconic Route 66 stop along Southwest Boulevard, to include a train depot building, parking, security, and better access.

 

Tulsa Arts Commission ($2.3m): Provides annual support for the arts in the City of Tulsa.

 

Performing Arts Center Renovation ($1m): Provides funds to renovate to the Tulsa PAC.

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