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CityLab Discussion

  • 36 Degrees North 36 East Cameron Street Tulsa, OK, 74103 United States (map)

Hosted by: TYPros and the City of Tulsa

CityLab is conducting an assessment of Tulsa's environment for fostering innovation-based economic development, after which they will develop a set of programmatic recommendations for city stakeholders.  The assessment will focus on the foundational building blocks that can help Tulsa leverage its strengths to grow innovative businesses from within. The effort is part of a broader set of case studies being conducted by CityLab, with work in Stockton, California and Akron, Ohio recently completed.

The work and subsequent case study are intended to inform the City of Tulsa about ways in which the city shows signs of being relatively more or less sophisticated than peers in the respective factors that contribute to growing innovative companies.  Drawn from these observations, a set of suggestions to catalyze innovation-based growth will conclude the case study.

About CityLab:
David Zipper is a Fellow at the German Marshall Fund’s Urban and Regional Policy Program.  From 2013–17, Zipper was the managing director for Smart Cities and Mobility at 1776, a global entrepreneurial hub with over 1,300 member startups. As managing director, Zipper connected hundreds of entrepreneurs to urban leaders eager to deploy their solutions, and he closed millions of dollars in partnerships with cities and corporations worldwide. He continues to support 1776’s mission by serving as a partner in the 1776 Venture Fund, where he oversees investments in smart cities and mobility startups. Zipper previously served as the director of Business Development and Strategy in Washington, DC. Zipper served as executive director of NYC Business Solutions in New York City under Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Zipper holds an MBA with highest honors from Harvard Business School, an MPhil in Land Economy (urban planning) from the University of Cambridge, and a BA with high honors from Swarthmore College. He has been selected as a Truman Scholar, Gates Scholar, and Lang Scholar.
Robert Bole is the General Manager, CityLab and Director of Global Strategy at The Atlantic, focused on assisting their growth in international markets. He has played similar roles at The New York Times and The Broadcasting Board of Governors, a federal agency that oversees five regional media networks. He is also a Senior Fellow for Public Diplomacy at the American Foreign Policy Council and a Board Member of Internews, a global NGO protecting and promoting a free and independent press. Earlier in his career, he worked in senior roles on community and economic development for The Enterprise Foundation, One Economy Corporation and started his career working for the City of Portland, Oregon and City of Philadelphia.

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