If provided an implementation grant, the coalition proposes four projects to attract and retain firms in the advanced mobility space:
• Renovating the wastewater infrastructure of specific industrial parks to meet the needs of advanced mobility
• Establishing a drone testing flight corridor with advanced tracking technology and a hanger for manufacturing and maintaining aircraft
• Strengthening the R&D skills of the region by opening a center at Oklahoma State University focused on technical development and supporting business skills in the advanced mobility sector
• Increasing the region’s skilled workforce through the funding of certificate programs, degree programs and apprenticeships.
The coalition behind INCOG’s proposal encompasses the city of Tulsa, Tulsa Authority for Economic Opportunity, Osage Nation, city of Tulsa-Rogers County Port Authority, Oklahoma State University, Tulsa Innovation Labs, George Kaiser Family Foundation, Tulsa Airports and Tulsa Regional Chamber of Commerce.
INCOG will serve as the lead institution, facilitating implementation of all the projects in the event of an award.
The total cost of the projects is about $70 million, said Brian Bigbie, senior economic development planner for INCOG.