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Anna America Stays Busy Working for Tulsa

By EMILY RAMSEY

Editor’s Note: Child Abuse Network CEO and Tulsa District 7 City Councilor Anna America is one of Greater Tulsa Reporter’s “10 to Watch in Greater Tulsa 2018,” as announced in its January 2018 issue.

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Direct Flights a Key Factor for Tulsa’s Economy

From Tulsa's Mayor By G.T. BYNUM

Since Tulsa’s first beginnings, we were fortunate to have pioneers who embodied a spirit of high expectations for their new hometown. They built one of the first airports in the world, which led to the growth of the aviation industry right here in our beloved city. Much of our success was a result of the public/private collaborations that continue today to ensure Tulsa’s successful growth.

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Better Way Launched

Mayor G.T. Bynum, Tulsa City Councilors and officials from Mental Health Association Oklahoma and the Tulsa Area United Way held a news conference March 7, at the Denver House to officially launch the Better Way program in Tulsa. 

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Tulsa County is Taking a Lead to Combat Opioid Abuse

From Tulsa County By RON PETERS

Over the past year the opioid epidemic has affected every state in the country including Oklahoma. In Oklahoma there were almost three million opioid prescriptions dispensed in 2017. More than half of all opioid prescriptions are issued to patients suffering some form of mental condition that limits their ability to cope or function successfully without taking the medication. Back pain is one of the other more common reasons for adults, and opioids given by dentists and oral surgeons is often the first time a young adult is introduced to opioid painkillers.

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Steve Bradshaw Aims to Raise Tulsa’s Profile

By EMILY RAMSEY

Editor’s Note: Tulsa Regional Chamber 2018 Chair Steve Bradshaw is one of Greater Tulsa Reporter’s “10 to Watch in Greater Tulsa 2018,” as announced in its January 2018 issue.

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Wes Smithwick Named B.A. Citizen of the Year

By EMILY RAMSEY

On Feb. 10, Broken Arrow Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Wes Smithwick was named Citizen of the Year at the Broken Arrow Chamber’s Awards Banquet.

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Mayor Bynum Selects Kian Kamas to Lead Mayor’s Office of Economic Development

Mayor G.T. Bynum has announced that Kian Kamas will serve as the Chief of Economic Development for the City of Tulsa beginning March 1. Kamas has served as the Deputy Chief of Economic Development since June 2017.

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PSO Employees Help to Restore Power in Puerto Rico

Twelve Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO) employees departed from Tulsa recently to fly to Puerto Rico to help restore power to the island. They are part of a group of nearly 70 frontline employees from PSO and its sister companies across the AEP system that are joining in the massive power restoration effort there.

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Bama Supports 12 & 12

12 & 12 announced a gift of $700,000 from The Bama Companies, Inc., to support major renovations and the goals of the Transforming Recovery campaign. 12 & 12 offers life-saving recovery tools for adults suffering with addiction or co-existing mental health and substance abuse disorders to achieve individualized recoveries.

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Step Up Oklahoma Recommends County Home Rule

From Tulsa County by RON PETERS

One of the government reforms recommended by the Step Up Oklahoma group is for county citizens to be allowed to decide what form of county government best suits the needs of the county.

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Alison Anthony to Succeed Mark Graham at United Way

When Mark Graham walked door-to-door to raise money for the Tulsa Area United Way as a young man, he never imagined he would eventually reach a quarter of a billion dollars.

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Community Response Team Addresses Mental Illness

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

Tulsans are pulling together to address mental illness and suicide through a groundbreaking program called the Community Response Team (CRT).

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Downtown Tulsa Plans For Parking Meter Updates

By EMILY RAMSEY

City councilors are preparing to decide what the future of downtown Tulsa’s parking meter system will look like.

“The downtown parking meter system is an embarrassment to the city,” said Mayor G.T. Bynum during his presentation to the Tulsa City Council Urban and Economic Development Committee on Jan. 10.

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Ten To Watch in Greater Tulsa 2018

Since 2010, GTR Newspapers has annually offered a series to highlight individuals who are predicted to be newsmakers in the coming year.
GTR’s Ten to Watch in 2018 are:

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Tulsa County Enjoys Significant Accomplishments in 2017

From Tulsa County By COMMISSIONER RON PETERS

Assessing this past year requires an evaluation of the services provided to Tulsa County citizens by the county government which serves them. I am pleased to report that there were a number of significant accomplishments.

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