This news out of Tulsa, OK might sound somewhat familiar, at least in terms of the goal and the assessment.
With significant financial support ($50 million) from The George Kaiser Family Foundation, there’s a new technology-led economic and workforce development effort underway to support the region becoming an emerging tech hub. The initiative is branded as “Tulsa Innovation Labs” (TIL) with a plan to create new programs and projects to support local talent, start-ups and academic innovation. One of its first acts was to commission a report identifying the city’s five most promising tech clusters. The report suggests TIL should focus on the most promising areas of growth: virtual health, energy tech, drones, cyber and analytics.