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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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Step Up Initiative

By MIKE NEAL

A coalition of business leaders recently set aside partisan differences and presented an admirable effort to resolve Oklahoma’s budget crisis. Our fiscal situation will only improve once our state’s elected representatives and business leaders join together and strive for a budget that appropriately funds core government services. We commend the efforts of Step Up Oklahoma in bringing forward revenue and reform solutions.

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International Exchange

FOOD BANK DIPLOMACY: Details: Three high school students and one adult who visited Tulsa July 20 – Aug. 3, through Tulsa Global Alliance (TGA) and the Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program (IYLEP) have established a food bank in Kurdistan as a result of their visit to Tulsa.

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Halliburton Pledges $10 Million to Gathering Place

A Gathering Place for Tulsa has announced that Halliburton Company pledged a $10 million donation to sponsor the King Post Bridge. Halliburton joins more than 70 donors who have contributed to the park. To date, George Kaiser Family Foundation has contributed $200 million toward the project ($50 million in land plus $150 million for construction of Phase I of the park) and, with the gift from Halliburton, nearly $200 million has been raised in private donations. Combined, this unprecedented public-private partnership totals $465 million.

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Ten People We Watched in 2017

GTR Newspapers annually highlights individuals predicted to be newsmakers. Here, we review the “10 People We Watched in 2017.”

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Big Plans in the Works for Downtown Bixby

In November, Bixby Mayor John Easton highlighted the various development projects taking place in Bixby in his State of the City Address, hosted by the Bixby Metro Chamber of Commerce.

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Building a Globally Competitive, World-Class City

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

On Nov. 1, I presented my State of the City Address to an overflow crowd of business leaders, along with the Tulsa Regional Chamber. I’m pleased to say we have many transformative initiatives underway in Tulsa and are moving full steam ahead on a number of fronts.

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Tulsa County and City Unite for Park System

From Tulsa County by RON PETERS

nd appreciated the many fine city and county park and recreation facilities. Whether it’s golf courses, swimming pools, athletic facilities, recreation centers, or beautifully maintained gardens, Tulsans recognize that parks bring an important quality of life to everyone.

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Kimberly Johnson Has Long-Time Love of Libraries

By EMILY RAMSEY

Editor’s Note: Tulsa City-County Library CEO Kimberly Johnson is one of Greater Tulsa Reporter’s “10 People to Watch in 2017,” as announced in its January 2017 issue.

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Tulsa Mayor Advances Initiatives Since Taking Office

By EMILY RAMSEY

Editor’s Note: Mayor of Tulsa G.T. Bynum is one of Greater Tulsa Reporter’s “10 People to Watch in 2017,” as announced in its January 2017 issue.

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Tulsa Press Club to Honor Headliners

The Tulsa Press Club has announced its 2017 Headliners – Bill and Kathy LaFortune.
They will be recognized at the 2017 Headliners Dinner, to be held Tuesday, Dec. 5 at the BOK Center. The reception begins at 6 p.m. with dinner following at 7 p.m.

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Tulsa History: Why Downtown’s Streets Are Skewed

By CHARLIE CANTRELL

Ever notice how all those downtown streets encapsulated in the inner dispersal loop are slanted precisely 34-degrees off true north? Why are they skewed compared to the rest of Greater Tulsa? To understand, one needs to go back to when Green Country was an uninterrupted expanse of plush prairie grasses and hardwood forest.

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Gateways to Growth to Promote Immigrant Integration

From Tulsa's Mayor By G.T. BYNUM

As your Mayor, I recognize that Tulsa’s greatest assets are our people. For the past few decades, a growing number of people from different countries are choosing to call Tulsa their home.

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