Community Resources

Services and Tools for Communities and Partners

Poverty Simulations

A poverty simulation experience is designed to help participants begin to understand what it might be like to live in a typical low-income family trying to survive from month to month. It is a simulation, not a game. The object is to sensitize participants to the realities faced by low-income people.

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Grant Writing Resources

Find information, tools, and resources needed to train grant writers, find grants, and get help with applications.

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Capital Improvement Planning

Oklahoma’s GeoCIP – GIS-enabled Capital Improvement Planning – is an innovative tool for communities and counties to inventory, assess, and map the assets they own. It gives them the ability to make data-driven decisions on project priorities for planning and budgeting purposes. Commerce encourages good local planning by making this tool available. Commerce rewards good local planning by giving preference to project funding requests tied to a community’s CIP.

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Councils of Government

In 1970, Oklahoma’s governor established 11 sub-state planning districts or Councils of Governments. Councils of Government represent and are composed of local communities and counties in designated regions. Throughout the past 40 years, COGS have evolved from conduits for regional planning and grant administration to catalysts of change in all aspects of life throughout the state.

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DesignWorks

At the end of an intense two-day workshop with a DesignWorks team of professionals, a community can identify how it can improve the image it projects through its city entrances, landscaping, lighting, signage, and more.

To apply for DesignWorks, contact Tracey Cox at 405-815-5124.

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