Oklahoma's missing link: a plan for the future

Oklahoma should form an independent commission to produce long-term plan for diversifying economy.
By Scott Meacham, Columnist Published: January 15, 2013
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This commission could have the ongoing mission of mapping a rolling 10-year plan to achieve the economic goal of building a diversified economy, including all the necessary subcomponents, such as education systems, advanced technology initiatives, infrastructure needs and incentives.

To be successful, such a planning process would require an agreed upon mechanism for the state Legislature to give its recommendations serious consideration.

For continuity, this commission could operate with long-term, staggered membership.

We could measure success over time by the number of new economy startups in Oklahoma and the growth of higher paying jobs.

CNBC, Forbes and others all give Oklahoma high marks on our business climate, but we are in a very competitive world. If we want to keep our lofty rankings, we are going to have to plan for the future.

Scott Meacham is president and CEO of i2E Inc., a nonprofit corporation that mentors many of the state's technology-based startup companies. i2E receives state appropriations from the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology. Contact Meacham at i2E_Comments@i2E.org.

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i2E's portfolio of high-growth companies report that 80 percent of their revenue is generated from sales outside Oklahoma, bringing revenue into the state and creating jobs and wealth for Oklahomans.

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