Community Development


Economic Development

Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS)
EDA Funding
Economic Development Infrastructure Financing (EDIF)
Projects Funded
  Oklahoma Botanical Garden Project
  Pawhuska Business Incubator
  Tulsa Supercomputer Project
  Companies Assisted

Capital Improvements Program (CIP)

Hazard Mitigation Planning

Community Planning Program

Arkansas River Development


Oklahoma Centennial Botanical Garden Project

$1 Million Botanical Gardens Grant Secured
The U.S. Economic Development Administration awarded a $1 million grant to the Oklahoma Centennial Botanical Garden Research and Education Center. The announcement was made public at a press conference on July 26, 2010 at the Tulsa Press Club. In addition to the grant, $250,000 in private donations is committed to the project. The funds will be used to extend water and sanitary sewer lines to the site northwest of downtown Tulsa.

Pedro Garza, Regional Director for the U.S. Economic Development Administration was on hand for the announcement. Garza said U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe was a staunch advocate of the project and helped navigate it through bureaucratic hurdles.

“We are very proud to receive this grant,” said Pat Woodrum, the garden's Executive Director, “INCOG was instrumental in bringing this opportunity to us and seeing the application process through to completion. They will administer the grant funds and be invaluable throughout the life of this project.”

When the gardens are complete, an estimated 300,000 people are expected to visit the gardens annually. All area higher education centers have expressed interest in providing some course of study at the garden when it is completed.

To learn more about the Oklahoma Centennial Botanical Garden Research and Education Center visit www.ocbg.org.

For more information, contact:
Julie Miner, Principal Economic Development Planner