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Tornado Recovery Update – Wednesday

As of Wed. Aug. 9, all city arterials are open to traffic. The seven traffic signals that were damaged by the tornado are also back in operation except for the traffic signal at 46th and Memorial, which is expected to be operational by tomorrow evening.

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Tulsa Tornado Recovery Update – Day 2

The City of Tulsa has been working with businesses in the tornado-damaged area regarding structural damages. The City is also making sure permits can be expedited to make repairs.

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Tulsa Storm Update 2 - August 6, 2017

City of Tulsa emergency operations worked through the early morning hours to help with disaster response from an early morning wind storm. At approximately 1:18 a.m. damaging winds hit midtown Tulsa between East 40th Street to East 47th Street, Yale Avenue to Mingo Road. Public safety and City crews are on site assessing damage. Thirteen people have been transported by EMSA to area hospitals. Several businesses have received damage, and there are reports of residential damage on East 46th Place consisting mainly of trees and roof damage. Structural assessments began by City of Tulsa building inspectors as the sun came up. PSO is working to restore power to Tulsa homes and facilities. As of this morning, 11,121 customers were without power. PSO urges citizens to stay away from downed power lines as lines could be live. Citizens can report downed lines to PSO, (888) 218-3919. In addition to the storm-damage area, traffic lights have been down at 41st Street and Yale Avenue and 46th Street and Memorial Drive. Citizens are urged to stay away from the affected area to allow
crews to work. Please follow the City of Tulsa on Twitter @cityoftulsagov

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Tulsa Storm Update 3 – August 6, 2017

The area from 41st – 51st Streets between Memorial and Sheridan and 41st St. from Yale to Sheridan will remain closed overnight and should be avoided for the rush hour commute Monday morning. The City is working with affected businesses to try and get the area open as soon as possible. The Tulsa Police Department has restricted access to the affected area and will remain overnight for safety and security. The Streets and Stormwater Department will have all streets cleared of downed trees and debris from the roadways by 10 p.m. tonight, except for streets under PSO control to work on downed lines. The Tulsa Area Emergency Agency (TAEMA) is supporting responders’ efforts in the field and damage assessment continues. Citizens should avoid the area so work can continue through the night. Follow the City of Tulsa on Twitter for more information and storm updates: @cityoftulsagov

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Philbrook Director Broadens the Museum Experience

By EMILY RAMSEY

Editor’s Note: Philbrook Museum of Art Director Scott Stulen 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. 

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CHAMBER GOAL:

The Tulsa Regional Chamber’s 23rd annual Resource Campaign has ended successfully, raising a record $3,777,321. The campaign raises funds that make up nearly 25 percent of the Chamber’s annual budget. “We congratulate and thank the campaign leadership team and our incredible volunteers, because this campaign would not be possible without them,” said Mike Neal, president and CEO of the Tulsa Regional Chamber. The 2017 campaign was led by Tom Biolchini, co-chair Shane Fernandez of Nabholz Corporation, and vice chairs Heather Gowin of Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Matt Newman of Covanta Tulsa Renewable Energy, Janet Selser of Selser Schaefer Architects and Aaron Fulkerson of Schnake Turnbo Frank.

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LEGACY AWARD HONOREE:

Former Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating, right, was honored June 22 at the Greenwood Cultural Center’s annual Legacy Awards banquet. At left is this year’s honorary chair Howard G. Barnett, Jr., president of OSU-Tulsa and in the center is Dwayne Midget of the City of Tulsa. Keating served as Oklahoma’s governor from 1995 to 2003 and was instrumental in creating the legislative committee to study Tulsa’s 1921 race riot. He also was governor during the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. The Legacy Awards banquet is an annual fundraiser for the Greenwood Cultural Center, 322 N. Greenwood Ave.

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Tulsa Marketing Exec ‘Retires’ to Support Missionaries

By GENE LIVERMORE

When Patty Colwell served first as an investor relations executive, then, advertising and marketing executive in Oklahoma and Texas in the 1980s, serving as a missionary never crossed her mind. Now – 40 years later – Colwell will retire as global marketing director for John Zink Hamworthy Combustion, and she can’t wait to serve alongside Christian missionaries in Honduras.

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Urban Data Pioneers Dedicated to Improving Government

From Tulsa's Mayor by G. T. Bynum

There’s a new group in town – the Urban Data Pioneers – and they’re dedicated to informing and improving all the ways our local government works.

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OKPOP Museum Funding Finalized

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin recently signed a bill to approve the $25-million state bond issue to pay for the construction of the Oklahoma Museum of Popular Culture (OKPOP). The museum will be built at 422 N. Main St. in downtown Tulsa, across the street from the historic Cain’s Ballroom, home of Bob Wills. Tulsan David Sharp and Interak Corporation donated the quarter block of land for the OKPOP site, estimated to be valued at $1 million.

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Tulsa Reputation Grows As International Location

Tulsa Global Alliance (TGA) is working to enhance Tulsa’s reputation as an international hub, says Bob Lieser, vice president of programs for TGA.

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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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