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Downtown Coordinating Council Launching Public Survey to Inform New Structure and Priorities

This article was archived on 3/1/2020

The Downtown Coordinating Council (DCC) is kicking off a survey on Wed., Feb. 5, to gain public input to help define priorities for downtown. The Downtown Tulsa Community Survey will be available online and is intended to reach all Tulsans. The deadline to complete the survey is Feb. 29.

The public survey is part of a larger community engagement process to better understand opportunities and priorities for Downtown Tulsa.

Last fall, the DCC engaged Progressive Urban Management Associates (PUMA), a real estate economics and planning firm specializing in downtown development and management, to guide an inclusive community engagement and strategic planning process. To date, PUMA and DCC staff have hosted 15 stakeholder focus groups inside and outside of downtown and facilitated one-on-one interviews to solicit input.

“Downtown is reflecting on a decade of substantial growth that has ushered in new development, entertainment options, retailers and restaurants,” said Brian Kurtz, Executive Director for the DCC. “This survey is Tulsa’s opportunity to say what matters most for the future of Downtown as a neighborhood where all residents, workers and visitors are welcome.”

The survey and community feedback will inform PUMA in their recommendation to the DCC and the City on the best organizational structure to serve Downtown Tulsa moving forward. PUMA’s recommendations will be based on national best practices for downtown management and rooted in Tulsa’s needs and desires for downtown. Their work will include a business plan to establish a nonprofit management organization to deliver and expand world-class services and programs within Downtown Tulsa.

The survey, available online in English and Spanish, can be found at www.downtowntulsasurvey.com.  Paper copies of the survey will be located at the Central, Rudisill, and Kendall Whittier Libraries beginning Feb. 7.