The goal of PLANiTULSA is to develop a comprehensive plan for growth so that Tulsa can attract young skilled workers during the upcoming labor crisis. Tulsa will be in competition with other cities for educated skilled workers.
Tulsa’s population is declining.
The City of Tulsa was first incorporated in 1898. It grew substantially with the oil boom that was kicked off by the discovery of the Glen Pool in 1905.
Since then Tulsa has had its ups and down in population growth.
According to John Fregonese, who has been hired to help Tulsa develop a new comprehensive plan, Tulsa lost six percent of its residents in the years between 2000 and 2005.
This period of flat or declining growth coincided with an increase in growth in the region. While Tulsa had 62% of the MSA in 1970, it now only has 42% of the MSA.
According to Mr. Fregonese, who spoke at the BOk Center this afternoon, half of Tulsa’s growth will be natural growth; the other half will come from people moving in from elsewhere, from within the U.S. and from foreign countries.
OK, so big deal, who cares? We should care. Here’s why:
By the year 2010 the country will be experiencing a labor crisis with fewer people entering the labor force. Cities will compete for workers.
So if Tulsa wants to attract more young people into its workforce, we will need to align our planning with the Emerging American Vision in which people want economic success, social equity, and environmental responsibility. This translates into walkability and entertainment districts among other things.
What did you get out of today’s PLANiTULSA session?