Business Roundtable Grants

Special Statewide Projects 2016-2017

The Roundtable has approved grant funding of $214,000 for 13 statewide economic development projects. Funding is being enhanced with up to $2.8 million in partner funding for the one-time grants. Additional projects for FY 2017 may be considered by the Roundtable Exec committee and staff as they are identified.

Governor’s Economic Development Marketing Team
(Promotion, Domestic Development)

Working with over 30 Oklahoma community economic developers – to marketing Oklahoma domestically to site consultants, companies and investors. The group will host events in Dallas, Atlanta and California, plus assist site consultants and prospects in Oklahoma throughout the year.

Governor’s International Team
(Global Development)
A 48-member group of companies, communities, law firms, education institutions and economic development organizations supporting Governor, Lt. Governor, Commerce, Secretary of State with protocol, export and foreign direct investment activities.A special international Consular Corps hosting event is planned in Oklahoma for October 2016.

OK Education and Industry Partnership STEM Project 2017
(Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics)

Professional development project for 100 Oklahoma teachers in STEM fields to take information to students in the classroom. Growing relevance and interest in key age groups further introducing them to aerospace, energy, IT, bio bio/ag and other sectors.

i2E Commercialization Program
(New Company Start-up)

Enhancing i2E’s ability to offer access to critical start-up capital to Oklahoma entrepreneurs and innovators, including advisory services, capital programs and entrepreneurial development activities that i2E provides to Oklahoma innovators and entrepreneurs.

Love’s Governor’s Cup Competition (with i2E)
(Entrepreneurship, Business and Technology Workforce Development)

A statewide collegiate business plan competition that simulates the real world process of researching a market, writing a business plan and making a presentation to potential investors. Program awards scholarships and fellowships and has helped start-up dozens of new companies.

OK BIO Trade Show – June 2017
(Marketing and Promotion, Direct Business Development)

The major worldwide biotechnology networking conference and trade show – an estimated 60 Oklahoma companies and groups will participate. Last year Oklahoma hosted a major networking reception for 400 targeted corporate guests. Oklahoma bio companies conduct hundreds of one/one meetings with clients.

OK Quality Award Foundation
(Performance Management)

Supporting performance management training and development – through live sessions and webinars – highlighting best practices, plus competition for Malcom Baldridge style in-state program.

OK Bioscience Association
(Business Development)

Supporting the mission of the Oklahoma Bioscience Association to promote the growth of biosciences in Oklahoma through partnership building, education and outreach, networking, policy development and publicity.

OK Venture Forum

Supporting the annual Oklahoma Venture of Year awards and monthly networking meetings featuring new Oklahoma companies.

American University Research Parks Conference – September 2016 - OKC/Norman
(Marketing, Promotion, Education, Research)

National research and innovation leaders will visit Oklahoma for key meetings and tours. OU Research Park was recently chosen as Research Park of the Year.

US First Robotics – Oklahoma Regional Program (March 2017)
(STEM education support/future workforce)

Teams from across the country compete in the robotics competition designed to pair professionals and young people to solve an engineering design problem and compete. The Oklahoma Regional competition will involve hundreds of students and over 60 school teams.

Northwest Oklahoma Alliance (Water/Workforce Projects)
(Infrastructure Strategic Planning, Workforce Development)

A multi-county strategic effort to finalize a comprehensive water plan and enhance workforce development efforts.

OK State Regents/Governor’s STEM Conference – October 2017
(Workforce Development)

Major “best practices” and training conference, hosted by the Governor, for business, education and community leaders – focused on the growth of STEM related projects statewide.