A proposed Innovation District the City of Broken Arrow has been kicking around since 2017 appears to have a location.
"An agreement has been reached for a 90-plus acre site right here in south Broken Arrow with easy access to the Creek Turnpike for the home of the innovation district," said Broken Arrow Economic Development Authority President and CEO Jennifer Conway on Monday after a news conference about a mixed-use development planned nearby.
The city will purchase 90 acres located between Aspen and Olive, south of Florence for the project. Officials envision a campus where advanced manufacturers, tech companies and schools work together to prepare students for good, local jobs.
Mayor Craig Thurmond calls the Innovation District the biggest thing Broken Arrow has ever done.
"Our children are going to be able to intern at companies and learn a trade, and those companies will also be able to teach someone how to be employed," Thurmond said.
Voters approved $9 million in bonds in 2018 for infrastructure needed to support the Innovation District. City officials want it to include restaurants, retail and commercial development along with the education and industrial space.