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B.A.’s Rose District Receives National Honor



Broken Arrow’s downtown renovation that led to the creation of the Rose District has been honored again, this time by being selected as a finalist for the Route Fifty Navigator Awards.

Now in its third year, the Route Fifty’s Navigator Awards “celebrate the best of government” by honoring people or teams who work for or with state, county or municipal governments. In all, Route Fifty named 50 finalists across five categories.

Broken Arrow was nominated under “The Electeds” category, which recognizes the leaders in a state or local government who drive change in the communities they serve. Mayor Craig Thurmond was nominated for his work championing the Main Street renaissance.

Thurmond was quick to note, however, “This nomination may carry my name on it, but the renewal in the Rose District was a collaborative effort by many different entities. I don’t consider this recognition a personal victory but rather a deserving recognition of what Broken Arrow has achieved through the cooperation of the city, Broken Arrow Public Schools, the Broken Arrow Chamber, private investors and of course the residents of the city. The Rose District would not be what it is today without everyone working together.”

The other nine finalists in The Electeds category came from California, Virginia, Maryland, Georgia, Texas and Massachusetts. The winner was  Annissa Essaibi-George, City Councilor At-Large, Boston: reducing homelessness and improving education outcomes for families in that city.

Updated 12-16-2018

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