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Regional Collaboration Brings Far-Reaching Results

Growing the Tulsa Region By Mike Neal

Regionalism is not a buzzword. It’s a realization.

It’s the knowledge that northeastern Oklahoma’s cities and towns are stronger together, both economically and culturally. It’s the understanding that businesses and individuals choose to be in northeastern Oklahoma because of the amenities in Broken Arrow, Claremore or Tahlequah as much as those in Tulsa. It’s the awareness that residents and businesses benefit from amenities in neighboring cities as much as their own.

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Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Available Online

The City of Tulsa’s Fiscal Year 2015 budget is now available on the city website. The budget book is a great source of information regarding the City’s funding sources and how the City operates. The City’s fiscal year began July 1, 2014 and will end on June 30, 2015.

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Inhofe Comments on Primary Victory

United States Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) made the following statement following his victory this evening in the Republican primary for United States Senate.

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Reconciliation Symposium

CREATING UNITY: Individuals gathered in May at the 2014 John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation’s 5th annual symposium “Reconciliation in America.” From left, symposium committee members Reginald Ivey and Dr. Terri Baker, Executive Director Dr. Jocelyn Lee Payne, presenter and volunteer Rachel Fixico, volunteer Wennette Pegues, presenter and volunteer Paul Gilchrist, and chair of the committee Jeff Kos.

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City Hall Public Meetings to be Held

Commentary By DEWEY F. BARTLETT JR>

Five City Hall in Your Neighborhood public meetings are scheduled for this summer in different parts of the city beginning on June 30.

Topics for the meetings will include the city budget, public safety and the Arkansas River.
Information about Improve Our Tulsa projects and schedules also will be available at the meetings.

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Jenks Chamber President Anticipates Future

By EMILY RAMSEY

Jenks has a lot to look forward to this summer and beyond, says Jenks Chamber of Commerce President Josh Driskell, starting with the community’s July 4th celebrations.

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Tulsa Chamber Honors Dr. Tom McKeon

Mike Neal, president and CEO of the Tulsa Regional Chamber, honored outgoing Tulsa Community College President Dr. Tom McKeon with the Lifetime Achievement in Education award May 19 at the chamber’s 13th annual State of Education luncheon.

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Tulsa City-County Library Launches Campaign

The Tulsa City-County Library and Tulsa Library Trust announced recently the launch of the public phase of the “Tulsa Central Library Renewed” fundraising campaign, with a goal of raising $1 million from the Tulsa community. The campaign will renovate Tulsa Central Library into a state-of-the-art, learner-driven, technology-centered facility designed to meet the needs of 21st century visitors.

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CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE:

Anna America, pictured with her children, has announced her candidacy for the Tulsa District 7 seat, currently held by Arianna Moore. Also challenging for the seat is Eric Turley, a consumer lender and mortgage banker at First Oklahoma Bank. The photo was taken at a reception for America at the Garden Deva Sculpture Company in Tulsa.

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Downtown Growth Moving West

By EMILY RAMSEY

Development around the BOK Center has steadily maintained since the event center opened in 2008. However, in just the past year, a number of new developments have opened with more activity to come, including additional residential options and new restaurants.

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Apache Corp.’s Tulsa Office Hosts Up With Trees Planting

Volunteers from Apache Corporation’s Tulsa office and representatives from Up With Trees gathered at the entrance ramp at South Cincinnati Avenue and the Broken Arrow Expressway March 22 to plant about 100 pine trees donated by Apache’s Tree Grant Program.

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Organized Gang Unit Recovers Over 22 Pounds of Marijuana

On Thursday, May 1 the Organized Gang Unit (OGU) served multiple search warrants at residences in the area of 300 S. Trenton Ave, 200 S. Richmond Ave, and a storage unit facility in Tulsa. After an extensive investigation OGU officers focused on Austin Hingey and the separate locations.

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Lobeck Taylor Foundation Surpasses $10 Million Community Investment

The Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation has announced it surpassed more than $10 million in community investment since its inception 16 years ago. In 2013, LTFF invested more than $1.9 million in initiatives to expand opportunity for individuals and organizations in the greater Tulsa area. Additionally, LTFF has committed $3.7 million in pledges for the next six years respectively.

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ENTREPRENEURIAL ENCOURAGEMENT:

On March 28, Tulsa-area high school students attended an entrepreneurship workshop organized by OK2Grow, Junior Achievement and Tulsa Public Schools. The workshop took students through a competition to develop a new product or service and learn the principles of entrepreneurship.

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Sheriff Glanz Thanks Tulsa County Voters

By STANLEY GLANZ

It is with sincere gratitude that I would like to thank the citizens of Tulsa County for approving both public safety initiatives on April 1. With a 66 percent approval for the jail improvements and a 70 percent approval for the juvenile justice improvements, both were supported all across Tulsa County. Out of the 263 precincts in Tulsa County, the jail won all but 20 and the juvenile projects won all but eight.

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