PartnerTulsa Becomes the City’s Leading Economic Development Organization | Local business news
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The premier community and economic development organization in the city of Tulsa has a new name: PartnerTulsa.
The name change of the Tulsa Authority for Economic Opportunity (TAEO) was announced at a press conference Thursday in North Tulsa.
Created in 2021 to streamline the city’s economic and community development efforts, TAEO effectively combined five public organizations into one.
The new group’s mission is to improve the lives of all Tulsans through a focused, innovative and transparent approach to community and economic development.
“We are committed to supporting underserved communities in Tulsa and creating programs and partnerships that will reduce barriers to opportunity while building a vibrant and sustainable economy,” Kian Kamas, executive director of PartnerTulsa, said in a statement. “We recognize that there is no silver bullet for equitable community and economic development; it requires a multi-level approach and strategic partnerships.
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“Our new name – PartnerTulsa – is the next big phase of our launch and reflects the essence of how we work with our customers, partners and stakeholders to create an economy of opportunity for all.”
One of PartnerTulsa’s newest partnerships is with the Tulsa Global District, which supports collaboration opportunities and provides resources for small businesses located in East Tulsa. The partnership is offering a grant to support a housing assistance program that will be run in partnership with local agencies supporting low-income residents, immigrants and English language learners in particular.
Additionally, TAEO was a major sponsor of the Tulsa Global District’s recent The Square at Nam Hai event, which sought to highlight the business opportunities and revitalization potential of 21st Street and Garnett Road.
“Tulsa’s immigrant population is the fastest growing population in the city and one of the most economically influential,” Global District executive director Luisa Krug said in a statement. “As we seek to revitalize the neighborhoods around 21st and Garnett and East Tulsa more broadly, we are committed to investing in shopping centers while also working to protect residents and help them stay in quality, affordable housing.
“Through our partnership with TAEO and the Affordable Housing Trust fund, we are thrilled to combine our Main Street development efforts with housing assistance to support the revitalization of East Tulsa.”