OkABC hosting the Economic Security for Oklahomans Conference

During the months of March and April, the Oklahoma Asset Building Coalition (OkABC), a group with the goal of identifying and establishing practices and policies to help families achieve economic security, hosted a series of listening sessions across the state to gather ideas and generate enthusiasm for asset building opportunities in Oklahoma.

On April 22, the OkABC is hosting the Economic Security for Oklahomans Conference to present the results of these sessions. This conference will directly address programs and strategies to help strengthen economic opportunity during these increasingly difficult times.

The Economic Security for Oklahomans Conference will address issues through presentations on:


  • Oklahoma’s economy and outlook by Chad Wilkerson, assistant vice-president and regional economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City;
  • The Self-Sufficiency Standard for Oklahoma, a unique tool for professionals in workforce development, financial counseling and education services; and
  • Grassroots perspectives on economic security gathered through listening sessions with over 200 stakeholders across the state.

This conference will be a source of great information for community development officers, staff of social service organizations, policymakers, and Oklahomans who work for philanthropic organizations.

The conference will be held at the South Penn Campus of the Moore Norman Technology Center in Oklahoma City. Registration is $30, which includes continental breakfast and lunch, and closes April 17. Space is limited so please register early.

More information, including registration forms and an agenda, are available here.


Former Executive Director David Blatt joined OK Policy in 2008 and served as its Executive Director from 2010 to 2019. He previously served as Director of Public Policy for Community Action Project of Tulsa County and as a budget analyst for the Oklahoma State Senate. He has a Ph.D. in political science from Cornell University and a B.A. from the University of Alberta. David has been selected as Political Scientist of the Year by the Oklahoma Political Science Association, Local Social Justice Champion by the Dan Allen Center for Social Justice, and Public Citizen of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers.

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