Tulsa Regional Chamber Visits Music City

LEARNING BEST PRACTICES: Local leaders from around the Tulsa metro traveled to Nashville for the Tulsa Regional Chamber’s annual Intercity Visit, learning best practices for community development and economic prosperity.

Courtesy Tulsa Regional Chamber

Just over 100 of the region’s elected officials, business representatives and civic leaders joined the Tulsa Regional Chamber for the sixth Intercity Visit, which took place Oct. 2-4 in Nashville, Tennesee.

The group learned about best practices in areas including educational successes, community branding, workforce development, entrepreneurship and innovation, healthcare, talent attraction, retention, and place-making.

Nashville’s leaders spent considerable time with the Tulsa contingent, sharing their successes and challenges toward growth. Nashville Mayor Karl Dean and former Mayor Bill Purcell, among others, spoke to the group about their ability to navigate positive change by making key decisions collaboratively with public input. Key points include:

Nashville’s “Music City Brand” is successful because of the concept of presenting a completed plan to the public;

Nashville leaders embrace the importance of including the public in key decisions impacting the entire region;

A commitment to regionalism is a key component of their success in attracting companies;

They have confidence in themselves, which transcends any internal conflicts they have toward progress. Their confidence is the driving factor behind the continued (public and private) investment.

Intercity Visit trips are held annually to bring best practices back to northeast Oklahoma toward moving the region forward in a globally competitive environment. The 2016 Intercity Visit is scheduled for Oct. 5-7.

Updated 09-28-2015

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