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New Projects for Downtown Owasso

Thanks to the early efforts made by the City of Owasso and community members, new development is on its way to downtown Owasso.

“Residents, business owners and city officials have all talked about Owasso’s lack of a downtown for a long time,” says Chelsea Levo, City of Owasso economic development director.

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Tony Moore Brings Experience to Tulsa's Gathering Place

By EMILY RAMSEY

Editor’s Note: Tony Moore, park director of A Gathering Place for Tulsa, is one of Greater Tulsa Reporter’s “10 People to Watch in 2017.”

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Community Dashboard System Tracks City of Tulsa’s Progress

From Tulsa's Mayor by G. T. Bynum

Here at the city we continue to work hard and grow our innovative capacity through the Office of Performance Strategy and Innovation. A group of talented employees, led by James Wagner, chief of performance strategy and innovation, is dedicated to using data and analytics from a range of sources to help city departments operate and prioritize resources.

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HONORING MAYOR ROBERT J. LAFORTUNE

The PAC Trust has commissioned a new portrait by Tulsa artist Nathan Opp of former Mayor Robert J. LaFortune to celebrate the Performing Art Center’s 40th anniversary and to honor Robert J. LaFortune’s dedicated leadership and service to the Trust. LaFortune’s public service contributions to Tulsa are exceptional.

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Ken Chapman Aims to Help Tulsa’s Most Needy

By EMILY RAMSEY

Editor’s Note: The Salvation Army Tulsa Area Commander and Captain Ken Chapman is one of Greater Tulsa Reporter’s “10 People to Watch in 2017,” as announced in its January 2017 issue. 

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Jenks Welcomes New Councilors

By EMILY RAMSEY

The April 4th Jenks City Council race, with four seats up for election, resulted in the election of three new councilors.

Craig Murray defeated incumbent Kevin Rowland for the Ward 3 seat; Cory Box defeated incumbent Greg Bowman for the Ward 6 seat; and Robert Lee defeated Kelly Dunkerley for the Councilor at Large seat.

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Proposed Budget to Bring Citywide Improvements

From Tulsa's Mayor by G. T. Bynum

On April 26, I presented the City of Tulsa’s Fiscal Year 2018 Budget to the City Council. You may recall how the City Council and I collaborated in a joint retreat last December to form a strategic plan for our city. We unanimously agreed to set our sights higher and make Tulsa a globally competitive city once again.

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Owasso Resident Announces Run For Congress

Owasso resident Andy Coleman has announced his candidacy for U.S. Congress, to represent Oklahoma’s First Congressional District.

The district is currently represented by Congressman Jim Bridenstine, who previously announced his intention not to seek reelection following the current term.

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BAPD Receives Donation

In May, Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation awarded the Broken Arrow Police Department 20 automated external defibrillators (AEDs) and 120 vented chest seals, valued at $23,838.

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Stephanie Cameron Stays Busy with Civic Duties, Announces Street Cred 2017

By EMILY RAMSEY

Editor’s Note: Tulsa’s Young Professionals 2017 Chair Stephanie Cameron is one of Greater Tulsa Reporter’s “10 People to Watch in 2017,” as announced in its January 2017 issue. GTR was the first news group in greater Tulsa to introduce “10 People to Watch,” which launched in January 2009. 

Tulsa’s Young Professionals played a key role in keeping 2017 Chair Stephanie Cameron in Tulsa after she moved to the city in 2008, and this year in particular, she is paying it forward.

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A Gathering Place for Tulsa Names Leadership Fivesome

As progress continues at A Gathering Place for Tulsa (TGP), the park recently announced its leadership team. TGP has named Kirsten Hein as senior programming officer, Josh Henderson as senior operations officer, Amanda Murphy as senior marketing officer and Steve Terry as senior culinary officer. The team will work together with Tony Moore, park director, in running the day-to-day operations and programming for the park.

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Owasso Fire Chief Transitions to New Role

By EMILY RAMSEY

In April, Owasso Fire Chief Christopher Garrett entered a new role, transitioning to the position of Assistant City Manager.

Garrett will eventually take over the job from Sherry Bishop, who is soon to retire after more than 30 years with the City of Owasso.

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Tulsa Creating a National Model for Community Policing

From Tulsa's Mayor by G. T. Bynum

Public safety is one of the most vital roles of any municipal government and is one that ensures quality of life for our citizens.

With the overwhelming passage of Vision Tulsa, permanent public safety dollars will be directed to hire 160 additional police officers in our community with a continued focus on building connections across the city between our officers and citizens.

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Tulsa Area United Way Honors Top Supporters

The Tulsa Area United Way honored its leading supporters and volunteers at the recent Live United Awards and Luncheon.

Several companies and organizations received awards during the annual event before more than 900 guests at the Cox Business Center.

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Debra Wimpee Wins B.A. City Council Seat

By EMILY RAMSEY

Long-time Broken Arrow resident and first-time City Councilor Debra Wimpee was sworn in on April 18 after unseating councilor Richard Carter. Wimpee won the election for Ward 1 on April 4.

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