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Building a Globally Competitive, World-Class City

From Tulsa's Mayor by Mayor G. T. Bynum

On Nov. 1, I presented my State of the City Address to an overflow crowd of business leaders, along with the Tulsa Regional Chamber. I’m pleased to say we have many transformative initiatives underway in Tulsa and are moving full steam ahead on a number of fronts.

We have an outstanding City Council, and I’m proud of our working relationship to get things done for Tulsans. Last December, the City Council and I adopted a new vision statement for the City of Tulsa: To build a globally competitive, world-class city.

We’re renewing a spirit of high expectations, starting with the City itself. Our goal is to run the City like a great business, and it starts with our team. Employees at the City of Tulsa are incredible public servants. During icy or snowy conditions, our street crews clear the way for you to get to work safely. Police officers and firefighters are selflessly sprinting toward danger to keep you safe. I’m honored to serve them and be a part of their team.

During my first month as mayor, we convened the Tulsa Commission on Community Policing, where everyday citizens work with police in making our community safer. The Commission made 77 different recommendations for policing in Tulsa. We’re dedicated to publicly tracking the completion of every one of them.

The following five major areas will be a game changer for our city:
Real estate development in the city has been too complicated and has hurt our ability to grow. So we’re starting over with a new approach and shifting to self-certification to help us have one of the most innovative development processes in the country.

Even though we’ve carried out a record amount of street work, our streets still need improvements. We’re establishing a blue ribbon task force to reform our street work process. Former Oklahoma Secretary of Transportation Gary Ridley will lead this effort.

We want Tulsa to be a national leader and must do better to understand what Tulsans hope for and expect from living here. That’s why we’re partnering with Gallup to establish the Gallup-Tulsa Citivoice. We’ll measure the most important outcomes for city residents while providing local leaders with insights to build the best city possible.

Ron Peters, chairman of the Board of County Commissioners and I are forming the City-County Parks Realignment Commission. We’re looking to have a public and transparent review of a potential merger of our parks systems into one healthy, accessible, well-maintained system that can endure for future generations of Tulsans.

And last, but not least – the greatest economic development challenge we face today is our educational system in Tulsa. If we reduce our property-tax to pay our teachers a wage to keep them here, the state will reduce our allocation by an equivalent amount. They will punish us for trying to help. We’re going to change the dynamic in this upcoming legislative session. We’ll try to empower Tulsans to take our destiny into our own hands.

I’m asking every family, every business owner, every employee, and every voter to let your legislators know – We Want to Help! If they will let us, we can address this challenge the same way we’ve addressed those that came before us.

Updated 12-15-2017

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