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Introduction to Innovation

Where is the Innovation District?

New Website Launched for Innovation District

District Spotlight: Oklahoma Health Center Foundation

Innovation District and Placemaking Terms

Additional Reading and News

Photos provided by Oklahoma Health Center Foundation

Introduction to Innovation

Last fall, the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber announced a partnership between local institutions and the Brookings Institution and Project for Public Spaces to study the area around the Oklahoma Health Center and Automobile Alley as an emerging innovation district.

To keep you informed about the progress in this district, we are launching this regular email that will contain news and features about the district. This is the first one. Sign up for regular email updates.

Oklahoma City’s innovation district study will focus on the district’s economic strengths and its assets (such as organizations, institutions, businesses and more located within its boundaries), as well as its quality of place. It is part of the Bass Initiative on Innovation and Placemaking. The initiative is examining the rising interplay between innovation, quality places and economic growth by studying innovation districts in Oklahoma City and Philadelphia. The work aims to catalyze a new approach to city-building that integrates and reinforces the benefits of vibrant public spaces, innovative urban economies and inclusive growth.

The Oklahoma Health Center area and Automobile Alley were defined as an innovation district for this study in part because it contains the heart of the city’s bioscience sector, where many institutions are already conducting groundbreaking research and fostering entrepreneurship and innovation.

Many of the ideas developed here will be scalable and can be spread to other areas of Oklahoma City, turning the city into a destination for innovative thinkers and entrepreneurs. The boundaries are a starting point for innovation, not a limitation.

Where is the Innovation District?

OKC's emerging innovation district currently encompasses about 1.3 square miles east of downtown -- roughly between NE 13-16th Streets to the north and NE 4th to the south and Robinson and Lottie Avenues to the west and east. It crosses Broadway/Interstate 235 and includes Automobile Alley in addition to numerous institutions located within the boundaries. These boundaries are set for the purposes of the study by Brookings and PPS, but fluid for developments and ideas that come out of the study.

New Website Launched for Innovation District

In addition to this newsletter, the Chamber recently launched a new website, found at www.okcinnovation.com, to keep you updated about innovation district news. Read about what we're doing in Oklahoma City, about other innovation districts, about related work and findings of Brookings and PPS here and elsewhere and more. Also, check the blog for news and updates as we go, and see a list of helpful links and resources.

Also, while you're on the website, sign up for regular email updates about the area.

District Spotlight: Oklahoma Health Center Foundation

Editor’s note: With each email, we will take a look at one of the institutions, businesses or areas, which are defined as the innovation district’s “assets,” that are located within the boundaries of the Brookings/PPS study.

For the last 50 years, Oklahoma Health Center Foundation has supported the Oklahoma Health Center’s member organizations, now totaling 23, as they work to improve lives through research, health care, social services and education. Its mission is to promote innovations in health care and science, connect these organizations and raise awareness about the health center itself. The health center is a 325-acre complex of medical-related organizations that include biotechnology companies and government, education, patient care and community support institutions. Overall, the health center has a $3 billion annual impact on the community.

The foundation is one of the partners and community supporters in the innovation district’s work with Brookings and PPS, as are foundation members Presbyterian Health Foundation, a partner, and the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation and the University of Oklahoma, which are community supporters.

Innovation District and Placemaking Terms

As the public conversation about innovation districts and placemaking continues in Oklahoma City, we’ll fill you in on terms you might hear so you can understand and join the discussion. Here are three for starters, and we’ll keep a running list on our website, along with other resources.

Placemaking: Placemaking is defined as a multifaceted approach to the planning, design and management of public spaces. Community-based participation is at its center, and it capitalizes on a local community’s assets, inspiration and potential to create quality public spaces. It began using that idea that we should be designing cities for people and not just cars or shopping centers. Read more about placemaking in general on the website’s blog and about other places that have successfully implemented ideas in gathering spaces, under “Examples” on the website.

Collisions: The places where people naturally collide with each other and connect. Spaces that encourage collisions, whether it’s a park or a coffee shop or a pub, can lead to people sharing of ideas across disciplines, areas of interest and industries. In turn, these connections, even if they aren’t evident at first, can spark partnerships that lead to additional innovation and entrepreneurship.

Green spaces: An urban park might be an example of this – areas of trees and grass carved out in the midst of an asphalt landscape. Green spaces might make room for joggers or encourage public gatherings outside. According to the Project for Public Spaces, which is working with Oklahoma City on the innovation district, the local community has to determine the design for green spaces according to its culture and interests.

Additional Reading and News

Contact Joyce Burch, the Chamber’s senior manager of innovation and entrepreneurship at 405.290.7067 or jburch@okcchamber.com if you have questions.

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