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Welcome from Mayor G.T. Bynum

The New Tulsans Initiative recognizes the core belief that our city’s greatest asset is our people. As Tulsa grows and becomes a diverse world-class city, the New Tulsans Initiative Welcoming Plan will provide pathways for socially responsible immigrant integration and will seek out opportunities that benefit both native born and immigrant residents of Tulsa. 

As part of the process of developing the New Tulsans Welcoming Plan, the Mayor’s Office for Community Development and Policy has convened stakeholders who have reviewed national best practices, assessed local strengths and challenges, and have deliberated on ways that Tulsa can welcome immigrants. These stakeholders included immigrant residents of Tulsa, local government officials, community organizations, faith-based groups, schools, businesses, and institutions.

The New Tulsans Welcoming Plan is organized into five categories that are critical to building a welcoming Tulsa: Civic Engagement, Economic Development, Education, Health, and Public Safety. Each of these categories offer a vision, goals and actions that offer ways on how Tulsa can:

  • Increase community capacity, including strategically aligning current programs, learning from local data, offering professional development and cultural competency as well as opportunities for increased connectivity between native born and immigrant Tulsans
  • Provide information and education for both immigrant and native Tulsans that allow them to better navigate and lead in local social and economic systems
  • Improve quantity and the quality of services for both immigrant and native-born Tulsans for improved overall well-being

Ultimately, the New Tulsans Initiative Welcoming Plan will allow Tulsa immigrants to bring their best to our city— providing fresh perspectives, starting businesses, and contributing to the vibrant diversity that makes our city prosper.

Tulsa Receives Grant to Promote Naturalization

As part of the New Tulsans initiative, the City of Tulsa and YWCA Tulsa announced Tulsa received a two-year $25,000 a year America is Home grant from the National Partnership for New Americans (NPNA) to help remove barriers for eligible immigrant permanent residents seeking to become U.S. citizens. The grant will be matched locally in the first year by the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation, the Coretz Family Foundation and the George Kaiser Family Foundation.

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