North Tulsa Economic  Development Initiative

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Leon Rollerson Emergency

Posted by Lturner_NTEDi on September 18, 2022 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (183)

Immediate Fundraiser for Leon Rollerson Cancer Emergency Expense Treatment in Houston at M D Anderson Hospital. Contributions can be mailed to:


PO Box 6201

Tulsa, OK 74148

Your Contribution is tax deductible.


If you have questions, please email or call 918-534-6884.


Thanking you in advance for your support!



Small Business Assistance

Posted by Lturner_NTEDi on June 9, 2019 at 2:15 PM Comments comments (6535)

Black Wall Street and Beyond Discussion

Posted by Lturner_NTEDi on May 25, 2019 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (64)

Black Wall Street and Beyond Discussion and Brunch, Saturday, May 25, 2019, and celebrate with us the 98th Anniversary of The Oklahoma Eagle. ,

Be a part of this endeavor as NTEDi, City of Tulsa, TPS and The Oklahoma Eagle present and discuss issues with you, that support the rebuilding of Black Wall Street and the north Tulsa community. The forum was held at the Osage Resort and Event Center, 951 West 36th Street North.

NTEDi 7th Annual Book Scholarship Awards Celebration

Posted by Lturner_NTEDi on May 14, 2019 at 7:35 PM Comments comments (255)



North Tulsa Economic Development Initiative (NTEDi)

2019 Annual Book Scholarship Awards Celebration May 16, 2019

Tulsa, OK, May 16, 2019 – The North Tulsa Economic Development Initiative (NTEDi) invites you to support and participate in our 7th Annual Book Scholarship Awards Celebration on May 16, 2019 from 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. The theme for the celebration is, “Pursue Knowledge: Achieve Your Dreams!” The Book Scholarship Awards Celebration will be held at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, 111 East First Street-Upper Level, Tulsa, Oklahoma.

The purpose of this celebration is to provide additional resources to students with promising college futures, so that through their pursuit of knowledge they can achieve their dreams of success.

“By supporting the education of students, we are able to contribute to their future success and help them to achieve their dreams,” said Dr. Lana Turner-Addison, NTEDi President. “Our goal is to relieve some of the financial burden experienced by many students by providing supplemental funds toward the cost of books and supplies. It is my hope we can alleviate that worry so they can focus on the work at hand, which is realizing their dream and completing college.”

Kojo Asamoa-Caesar will serve as the Keynote Speaker for the celebration. Kojo currently serves as the interim executive director for 36 Degrees North, a co-working space that serves as Tulsa’s basecamp for entrepreneurs, serving over 360 members representing over 180 small businesses and startups.

Kojo most recently served as principal of Greenwood Leadership Academy, an elementary school he founded as part of a partnership between Met Cares Foundation and Tulsa Public Schools. He recruited, hired and managed a staff of 25 to operate a school serving over 250 students. Under his leadership, pre-k enrollment increased threefold and student growth in math significantly exceeded the average in demographically similar schools. The school also recorded an attendance rate that was among the highest districtwide in kindergarten and first grade.

Kojo is passionate about building communities where everyone can achieve their highest potential. He received his bachelor's degree in Communications from Old Dominion University. While there, he served as student body president and also co-founded and served as president of To Respect Unite Support & Teach (T.R.U.S.T.), a non-profit organization committed to encouraging youth volunteerism. Under his leadership, the organization expanded to over 700 student members and now serves multiple communities in Virginia and Georgia.

Kojo believes that we're all born with boundless potential, but that it must be cultivated in a community conducive to growth, and he wakes up and works hard every day to build such a community.

Sponsors of this year 7th Annual NTEDi Book Scholarship Awards Celebration are Tulsa Teachers Credit Union, George Kaiser Family Foundation, Alfresco Group LLC, Sodexo, Lobeck Taylor Foundation, Dr. and Mrs. Preston Phillips, Rita and Sam Combs, American Heritage Bank and Meals on Wheels.

For more information and to purchase tickets visit or call 918-534-6884. We look forward to your support in making our Annual Book Scholarship Awards Celebration a smashing success!


Power of Community Giving - Holiday Celebration 12/15/18

Posted by Lturner_NTEDi on December 8, 2018 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (386)
Happy Holidays! We are thrilled to inform you that the North Tulsa Economic Development Initiative, (NTEDi) is going to host a Holiday Celebration for our supporters, community members, family and friends on December 15, 2018. The celebration will be held at Shoppes on Peoria, 1717 North Peoria, from 1:00 pm �?? 3:00 pm, Suite 10. There will be holiday treats, celebration favors and entertainment for your enjoyment. The Holiday Celebration theme: �??Power of Community Giving.�?� We will hold several drawing for gifts, gift cards and other items during the celebration on the 15th of December. A gift item will be provided to all children and a few lucky adults. We will be highlighting and promoting businesses in north Tulsa. NTEDi applauds Tulsa Economic Development Corporation for their continued support. Save the Date: December 15, 2018

Business in the Black Documentary

Posted by Lturner_NTEDi on October 6, 2018 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (53)

On Thursday September 27, 2018, Anthony Brogdon’s documentary film, Business in the Black (BITB), will be shown at Rudisill Library, 1520 N. Hartford Avenue in Tulsa, Okla.The film is being hosted by Mary L. Williams and the program will begin at 6:30 p.m.

NTEDi Book Scholarship Award Celebration

Posted by Lturner_NTEDi on September 27, 2018 at 2:50 PM Comments comments (356)

Caroline Bennett

Thursday, May 17, 2018: The North Tulsa Economic Development Initiative (NTEDi) nonprofit organization invites you to support and participate in our 6th Annual Book Scholarship Awards Celebration on May 17, 2018 from 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm. The theme for the celebration is “Tomorrows Leaders, Excelling Today!”.


The Book Scholarship Awards Celebration will be held at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame; 111 East First Street-Upper Level, Tulsa, Oklahoma. The NTEDi Book Scholarship Awards celebration supports the continued education of deserving Tulsa students. Caroline Bennett, a dynamic Speaker, inspired by her realities and dreams, her passion, purpose, and hustle in life illuminates the lived experience of Black girls and their truths. She uses spoken word, story-telling and song as tools of liberation and resistance to join with Black girls who have been silenced by their past and/or paralyzed by their fears. Caroline believes “Black girls have a right and a reason to survive, 'come alive', and thrive in educational spaces, ‘da streets’ and other institutional spaces that try to “steal, kill and destroy” our identities.” -Caroline Bennett


On a full-ride scholarship at The Ohio State University, Bennett recently graduated with Master’s degree in Women’s, Gender & Sexuality studies. Attending and graduating from two Predominately White Institutions (PWI’s), her position as a Black woman has afforded her a unique “outside-within” status. She was committed to transforming the academy and classrooms from the inside out and privileging the knowledge she possesses to write, sing, speak and live as access- bridging a gap for the communities she writes with, for and to.


Born and raised on the north Side of Tulsa, Oklahoma she is a proud product of the hood. Bennett is notorious for saying, “The ‘Streets’ #RaisedMe, The University of Oklahoma #GroomedMe and The Ohio State University #BloomedMe” in efforts to acknowledge how although her formal schooling has taken place in institutional settings she’d be remised if she didn’t pay homage to where she passed her “first tests”- in ‘da streets.’ Caroline challenges society’s construction and hierarchizing of knowledge and the forms it takes.

Healthy Neighborhood Overlay Does not Benefit North Tulsa

Posted by Lturner_NTEDi on April 11, 2018 at 4:40 PM Comments comments (303)

The question that the City Council and the Community Leaders should continue to ask, what would people in the community do if the small discount stores had chosen not to make an investment in the community. We are not against a full service store, we need several in the north Tulsa community. However, if the same items sold are unhealthy if sold in a small discount store, than perhaps you can explain to us why they are healthier if sold in a full service store.

A moratorium in north Tulsa would result in a suspension of business development activity (stores, etc.) in certain areas of north Tulsa.

A moratorium in Tulsa would not demonstrate that the City is concerned about economic development, building the workforce and healthier communities in the near future.

A moratorium in north Tulsa does not support revitalization plans for the north Tulsa community that residents have been involved in for the past 10 years are more.

Amongst the highest priorities that municipalities should be concerned with is creating jobs, improving the tax base.

A moratorium in north Tulsa does not support the creation of jobs or building wealth in the north Tulsa community.

A moratorium in north Tulsa disrupts the communities ability advocate for the creating and attracting desirable business into the north Tulsa community; a moratorium does not inspire economic growth.


City Council Agenda Item April 11, 2018: Healthy Neighborhoods Overlay aka 180 Day Moratorium becoming Permanent in North Tulsa - Passed 5-2 by City Council.



(Healthy Neighborhoods Overlay) requested by the Tulsa City Council, amending the City of Tulsa Zoning Code to establish regulations of a Special Area overlay district, to include Small Box Discount and Grocery Stores as specific retail use types to include table notes for Small Box Discount stores, to include Small Box Discount and Grocery Stores as specific retail use types, and to establish minimum motor vehicle parking ratios for such stores. [UED 4/4/18; CC 4/4/18; CC 4/11/18] 18- CLICK HERE FOR BACK-UP DOCUMENTATION.


Posted by Lturner_NTEDi on October 7, 2017 at 7:50 PM Comments comments (83)

Old Vision / New Vision has been adopted which includes components of Vision 2017

VISION 2017 




The renaissance in North Tulsa is amazing! The strong collaborative effort between the public and private sectors, along with the commitment to the area by all Tulsa citizens, has been the force behind this change. Tulsa’s leadership and citizens have worked together to build a bright future for North Tulsa while preserving its heritage and unique assets. The initiative reflects the importance of tolerance and inclusion and serves as a model for our region.




The growth of new business in the area has provided a wide variety of quality jobs for local residents. These businesses are the outcome of a progressive strategy designed to support the attraction of new businesses and the growth of local entrepreneurial ventures. They have had access to creative funding opportunities, special training programs and other incentives that have ensured their success while supporting the employment of North Tulsa residents.


The growing economy is apparent in the numerous retail and entertainment centers strategically located throughout the region. There are new neighborhood grocery stores and shopping areas, as well as, a hotel and shopping complex that offers national franchises with a wide variety of restaurants. These new ventures not only serve the needs of residents in the area, but attract “shoppers” from throughout the region.




Home ownership has skyrocketed as new initiatives have made it possible for more residents to make the move from renter to homeowner. With this has come an increased pride in maintaining the beauty and safety of the neighborhoods.



The neighborhoods reflect the sense of community that has grown from the peace of mind the residents enjoy knowing that their children are safe and thriving. They have great parks to play in, new recreation centers to enjoy, and safe sidewalks to ride their bikes. The schools are some of the best in the nation with a wide variety of learning opportunities for students of all ages.


Along with the growing economy has come access to quality healthcare for all of the residents. The overall physical and mental health of the residents reflects the success of the many programs in the schools and the community health centers that have focused on prevention and wellness.


Another sign of the success of North Tulsa is the new and improved public transportation system. It provides a variety of options allowing for easy access to and from jobs, shopping, schools and healthcare for residents and visitors of all ages.




The bottom line is that North Tulsa is a great investment! People want to raise their families here and businesses want to build their futures here. With the efforts to leverage the natural resources for the enjoyment of residents and visitors, North Tulsa has truly become a destination spot!