July 2022, Vol. 10 Issue 17
Relief Program Helping Over 300 OKC
Small Businesses and Nonprofits

The OKC Rescue Program launched in April to help Oklahoma City small businesses and nonprofits continue recovering from the financial impact of COVID-19. The response was strong as businesses could apply to up to 3 programs. In just three months, we received more than 850 applications. Of those, some 500 applications were qualified from more than 300 businesses and nonprofits, committing approximately $5 million in total funding. Businesses could apply for each of the 3 programs.

The program was designed to help the most vulnerable businesses. To qualify, the business or nonprofit must be located in Oklahoma City with 100 or fewer employees, and be either a minority-owned business, located within a Qualified Census Tract (majority low-income neighborhoods) or able to demonstrate economic impact of COVID-19. In the coming months, phase two of the relief program will focus on workforce development and training.

The OKC Rescue Program is administered by the Alliance for Economic Development of Oklahoma City and is funded by the City of Oklahoma City’s allocation from the federal American Rescue Plan Act. For details, visit

Alliance in the Community
Alliance team members, Olen Cook and Cassi Poor, presented at the Saturday, July 9 PlaceKeepers' meeting. PlaceKeepers is a real estate and small business development program designed to empower and equip African American residents and stakeholders of Northeast Oklahoma City.
OKC Named Best City for Street Art by USA Today
Oklahoma City was named the best city in America for street art by readers of USA Today. This is another notable mention in the last few weeks about Oklahoma City’s rich art, first being in the CODA Worx Magazine for our Homeland mural project, Home. 

Home was selected as one of the Top 25 projects from more than 382 projects submitted by industry professionals. 

Brownfields 2022 Conference
is Around the Corner
Pre-registration for the Brownfields Conference ends on August 15; onsite registration will be available starting at 7:30 a.m. on August 16. The Environmental Protection Agency just allocated $9.8 million in new Brownfields funding for Oklahoma projects. Brownfields 2022 is the premier event to learn how you can access these grants and maximize your economic, environmental and social performance. 
Register here!
From Kenton Tsoodle, President of the Alliance

The Alliance for Economic Development of Oklahoma City commissioned a downtown housing study by Economic & Planning Systems Inc. to identify trends and conditions in downtown housing and how Oklahoma City can continue to develop the types of downtown housing that will best support our residents’ needs and encourage further economic development. 

Read more at the Journal Record

Development News
Requests for Proposals
OCURA Land Development Map
View the OCURA Land Development Map
In the News
Reports from the Media

Oklahoma County clean energy program helps developer bring more apartments to Edmond

New clean energy financing kick-starts stalled developments

Plans Underway to Transform Garvey Building to Senior Center
The Black Chronicle
Guest Columns from the President of the Alliance

Report on downtown housing shows positive trends

Leaders recognized for OKC commitment 

Oklahoma tourism brings economic development returns

Alliance recognized by ULI Impact Award for team effort developing new Homeland grocery

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The Alliance was created in 2011 to better serve the economic development needs of Oklahoma City. With its collaboration with city and private entities, the Alliance acts as a comprehensive resource for businesses in need of assistance from the public sector.                   
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