City of Tulsa releases first Resilient Tulsa plan

City of Tulsa releases first Resilient Tulsa plan

TULSA, Okla — Quick Facts:

  • The City of Tulsa released its first Resilient Tulsa plan meant to provide a path forward to unite all communities under one city name.
  • Tulsa's first chief resilience officer DeVon Douglass unveiled the 41 step action plan.
  • One major initiative that will kick off this fall is 918 Day.
  • Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum said an immediate goal is to drastically shrink the life expectancy gap between north Tulsa and other parts of town.

The City of Tulsa released its first Resilient Tulsa plan meant to provide a path forward to unite all communities under one city name.

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Tulsa's first chief resilience officer DeVon Douglass unveiled the 41 step action plan that is divided into four goals that include uniting north Tulsa with the rest of Tulsa, and uniting racial, community, and religious minorities with the rest of Tulsa who often doesn't have any interaction with those people who are actually their neighbors.

One major initiative that will kick off this fall is 918 Day. Derived from the city's area code, September 18th (9/18) will now be a citywide holiday with activities meant to bridge cultural gaps, encourage residents to explore other sides of town and their history, and also hold events to unite neighborhoods and cultures.

Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum said an immediate goal is to drastically shrink the life expectancy gap between north Tulsa and other parts of town. Right now, statistics point to people living north of downtown and State Highway 412 as being expected to live 15 years less in their lifetime than those living in other areas of the city.

Resilient Cities is a program by the Rockefeller Foundation that is meant to help metropolitan areas rise above old differences and move forward together. Tulsa is the 14th out of a hopefully 100 cities that has committed to the long-term plan.