History

HISTORY

 

In late 2006, Tulsa embarked on an innovative, citizen-based bottoms-up planning process called Step Up Tulsa! – a community dialogue resulting in bold goals to improve the Tulsa region in the areas of education, health and economic development.  The Tulsa Community Foundation (TCF), in cooperation with local community funders, initiated this citizen-based planning process.  As a result of this planning, an economic development taskforce was formed and recommended the establishment of the Oklahoma Innovation Institute (OII) to serve as the home for the creation and implementation of multiple programs to ensure collaborative research and other actions furthering economic development of the region.  The unifying objective for this taskforce was the understanding of the importance of this type of forward thinking to the future of Tulsa as the City of Innovation and to assume its position as a leader among 21st Century communities.

2006:

LaunchIconStep Up Tulsa! launches planning process

2006:

TaskForceIconBarry Davis and Tom Walker co-champion Economic Development Task Force

2007:

OII_IconThe Oklahoma Innovation Institute (OII) is born

2009:

2009:

TRP_IconTulsa Research Partners hosts first research symposium

2011:

MoneyIconOII receives federal grant to help build the country’s first community supercomputer

2013:

DoorIconOII announces the Tandy Community Supercomputer is officially open for business

2013:

ResearcherIconFirst researcher uses Tandy Supercomputing Center

2014:

Fuel_IconTandy Supercomputing Center reaches 100% load for the first time

2014:

AwardIconOII is named the 2014 Oklahoma Innovator of the Year by the Journal Record

2014:

FN_IconThe Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance is chosen as a beneficiary of Flight Night

2014:

TU_IconTandy Supercomputing Center helps deploy a supercomputing course at The University of Tulsa

2014:

TCC_IconOII partners with Tulsa Community College to engage a community research coordinator

2014:

TRSA_IconThe Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance is officially launched with the first Advisory Council Meeting

2014:

ResearchDay_IconTulsa Research Partners hosts the Second Tulsa Citywide Research Day

2014:

BTF_IconOII partners with Tulsa Community College, Tulsa Regional Chamber, and Tulsa Young Professionals to present the Best Thinking Forum

2015:

AEP_IconThe Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance helps secure an AEP Foundation grant of $3 million for Tulsa Community College to benefit Tulsa Public Schools

2015:

Team_IconThe Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance hires a Program Manager and Logistics Coordinator

2015:

TSC100_IconThe Tandy Supercomputing Center passes 100 user accounts

2015:

PIE_IconThe Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance is awarded the Partners In Education Outstanding District Partner Award