Tulsa region could get $ 70 million federal grant for infrastructure and economic growth
The Tulsa region is a finalist for a grant of over $ 70 million from the federal government.
The grant is provided through the US bailout and would bring both economic growth and infrastructure to the region.
“This is truly, frankly, the biggest grant opportunity that the Economic Development Administration has ever offered,” said Kian Kamas of Tulsa City.
This week, the US EDA reduced from 529 grant applications across the country to just 60.
The proposal is part of the regional Build Back Better challenge, the federal government allocates funds to local governments and is designed to stimulate economic recovery in the event of a pandemic.
The Council of Governments of Indian Nations was the main applicant for the Tulsa region proposal.
“It was really a strained collaborative effort among several regional partners across Tulsa,” Kamas said.
Kamas is the executive director of the Tulsa Authority for Economic Opportunity, another partner in the proposal.
The proposal focuses on mobility and the transformation of the region into a hub.
“Some of the projects included a flight corridor between Tulsa and Stillwater to support drone testing,” Kamas said. “Another project that we have proposed is the construction of a new hangar that would be owned by TAEO at the airport.”
The land also includes sewer and sewage projects and funding for certificate, diploma and apprenticeship programs to increase the region’s workforce.
Since the proposal is now a finalist, the federal government is providing project leaders with a grant of $ 500,000 to further develop their plans.
Of the last 60 proposals, 20 to 30 proposals will be chosen, meaning the Tulsa region could receive around $ 70 million if chosen.
The deadline to apply for Phase 2 is March 15th.
They will know if they are chosen by September.