During the October SMPS program held at Boldt Tuesday, October 8, SMPS members and guests heard about a new initiative in the works for strengthening Oklahoma’s future called OK2030. The presentation was led by Karma Robinson, VP of Membership for the Oklahoma State Chamber and Xavier Neira, Director of Development for Manhattan Construction. Karma and Xavier are both part of a strong statewide coalition of visionary leaders, led by Ted Haynes and J. Larry Nichols, who have joined together to form a vision and action plan to overcome challenges our state faces that have caused us to fall behind many national measurements. Some of those areas include: education, infrastructure, health and economy. The non-partisan and business-led initiative, OK2030, aims at developing a framework for improvement along with a strategy and action plan to fuel change by the year 2030. It will be driven by the OK State Chamber to maintain the momentum for change.
Some of the challenges our state has faced are legislation, budge crisis, and simply no creative solutions- all of which the initiative aims to address. Both Robinson and Neira stated the changes necessary will not happen overnight and that it will take time and years to advocate and to implement the full strategic plan. Hopes are that the solutions and improvements will happen by the year 2030- hence the name chosen for the initiative.
The pair also shared information regarding the initial research and interviews conducted with over 146 business, community and government leaders as well as online input from all across Oklahoma. The key findings revealed what they have identified as the 5 foundational elements necessary to guide the full strategic plan. These elements and initial recommendations were presented in the “OK2030 Framework” They are:
- Business Climate & Competitiveness
- Fiscal Stability & Governance
- Workforce & Talent Development
- Quality of Life
- Innovation & Growth
With the initial blueprint outlined in the Framework, the next steps are to continue gathering input through upcoming regional forums and to draft and release a final plan by December of 2017. All 6 forums are free, but attendees must pre-register. The Tulsa and Oklahoma City forums will each serve as kickoff events with receptions to follow.
Useful Information on OK2030 and Forums:
Forum Registration: Call 405-272-4430 or email lsparks@okstatechamber