Where the South meets the West amid the rolling hills and meandering creeks of southeastern Oklahoma, Ada is an oil-and-gas town, headquarters for the Chickasaw Nation, and home to both agriculture and large-scale manufacturing.
But now, through cross-community collaboration, Ada and its roughly 17,000 residents are working to unlock the benefits of this unique, multifaceted identity, and spark a growing tech-based ecosystem in the process. Learn how local leaders in Ada are reimagining what’s possible in rural Oklahoma by offering innovation-minded STEM education in the community, and building programs to help encourage tech jobs and new tech startups in our latest Rural Edge film.
The Center on Rural Innovation created the Rural Edge series to highlight the people who are changing the narrative about what’s possible in rural America. Watch the video to learn more about Ada and meet the change agents, leaders, and innovators who call it home.
The Rural Edge series
At CORI, we have a saying: Once you’ve seen one rural community, you’ve seen one rural community.
America’s small towns are diverse and dynamic, and through our work with our Rural Innovation Network, we have the privilege of working in depth with 33 communities building digital economy ecosystems. To highlight these incredible places, we’ve set out to create video case studies highlighting our communities’ efforts.
Check out previous installments in the series:
- Pine Bluff, Arkansas
- Traverse City, Michigan
- Independence, Oregon
- Waterville, Maine
- Springfield, Vermont
- Durango, Colorado
- Wilson, North Carolina
- Cape Girardeau, Missouri