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Mayor G.T. Bynum Appoints New Chief of Economic Development

Courtesy City of Tulsa

Kian Kamas has been named the new Chief of Economic Development for the City of Tulsa. Kamas’s appointment begins March 1; she will succeed Kathy Taylor. Kamas has served as the Deputy Chief of Economic Development since June 2017.

Taylor served as the Chief of Economic Development for the past year with plans to return to her work in the community following Bynum’s first year in office. Bynum hired Taylor to renew relationships with the many City authorities, boards and commissions while focusing on business development.

Under Taylor’s tenure, the City adopted its first multi-development tax increment finance (TIF) district leading to the launch of multiple downtown projects.

“When I asked Kathy to join my administration, I knew it would not be for the long-term as she had many other projects underway. Kathy agreed to defer her projects for a year to help our administration start out on the right foot,” Bynum said.

“In her short time here, the City has reoriented our sites to national competition and we have landed major new employers while empowering more local entrepreneurs to build the next great Tulsa business,” he continued. “The Mayor’s Office for Economic Development has also been reorganized based on professional guidance for optimum productivity.”

As Chief of Economic Development, Kamas will be responsible for leading the city’s comprehensive economic development strategies aimed at adding jobs and growing the workforce.

Kamas holds a Master of Science in Comparative Public Policy from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Oklahoma and is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute.

Updated 02-05-2018

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