The City of Tulsa’s Blueprint for Economic Prosperity is a guide that details how the City can best financially empower all of its residents. Residents who feel financially empowered are those who have access to asset building opportunities, banking services, financial counseling and employment.
Prepared by the Mayor’s Office of Resilience and Equity, the Mayor’s Office of Community Development and Policy, and the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development, the City of Tulsa’s Blueprint for Economic Prosperity was made possible through a $20,000 CityStart Grant from the Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund (CFE Fund), a fund that supports municipal efforts to improve household financial stability by leveraging opportunities unique to local government. The CityStart grant also led the City to apply for a planning grant to open a Financial Empowerment Center in late 2020, which the City of Tulsa and Goodwill Industries of Tulsa will use to offer free, professional one-on-one counseling to the public. For those looking to help design what the center will look like, the City is forming a Financial Empowerment Center Advisory Board and is accepting applications through Jan. 30, 2020.
"Since its founding, Tulsa has become home to more than 400,000 residents of all backgrounds who have contributed to its tremendous social and economic growth over the past century. While Tulsa’s expansion has benefited many citizens, historically not all Tulsans have experienced this elevated prosperity. This is due in part to Tulsa’s checkered history, one filled with both successes and failures, as well as wealth and inequity."