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The City of Tulsa is a Veteran Friendly Community

From Tulsa's Mayor By G.T. BYNUM

November is the month of Veterans Day, and I’m grateful for all the men and women who faithfully served and defended our country with bravery, integrity, distinction and honor. Every veteran has made sacrifices to ensure the freedom of all American citizens and I deeply appreciate their dedicated service to this country. It’s also humbling to know that many veterans gave the ultimate sacrifice to preserve the freedoms that we all hold dear.

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Tulsa County’s Legislative Agenda Began Last Summer

From Tulsa County By COMMISSIONER RON PETERS

While the 2019 Legislative Session will officially begin Feb. 4, the work to finalize Tulsa County’s legislative agenda began last summer.

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Michael Spurgeon Manages State’s 4th Largest City

By BOB LEWIS

Editor’s Note: Broken Arrow City Manager Michael Spurgeon is one of Greater Tulsa Reporter’s “10 To Watch in Greater Tulsa” honorees as announced in its January 2018 issues. GTR was the first news group to develop a “10 to Watch” program which was launched in 2009. Throughout the year, GTR has been publishing feature articles spotlighting this year’s honorees.
 
“Federal and state officials usually receive most of the media attention, but local government has the most direct impact on the daily lives of citizens in the community and the local economy.”

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B.A. Chamber Adjusts Policies, Procedures Following Audit

By BOB LEWIS

The Broken Arrow Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Corporation announced recently that they revised some of their policies and procedures following an audit commissioned by the two organizations along with the City of Broken Arrow.

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Oklahoma Caring Award Winners Announced

The third annual Oklahoma Caring Awards on Sept. 13 celebrated finalists and announced the winners in six distinct award categories. The evening gala featured Jody Jean Dreyer, a 30-year Walt Disney former senior executive as the keynote speaker and incorporated Disney-themed elements throughout the event.

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Studies Are Underway to Examine OTC’s Efficiency

From Tulsa County by RON PETERS

During the last legislative session, you may recall there was a lot of discussion about ways to increase revenues. Equally important, there needs to be a discussion about how to improve the efficiency of the services provided by the state of Oklahoma to our cities and counties. One area of state government that directly impacts Oklahoma’s cities and counties is the Oklahoma Tax Commission’s (OTC) responsibility for the collection of sales taxes. Cities and counties rely on sales taxes to support important projects. In Tulsa County, the sales tax is the main funder of the jail, the new mental health pods at the jail, the new Family Justice Center, and of course the Vision projects.

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Cancer Treatment Centers Offer $3 Million Donation to Tulsa’s Gathering Place

Gathering Place recently announced that Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) pledged a $3 million donation to support the Willow Beach area on the west side of Peggy’s Pond.

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Owasso Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Gary Akin Promotes Regionalism, Partnerships

By EMILY RAMSEY

Editor’s Note: Owasso Chamber of Commerce President Gary Akin is one of Greater Tulsa Reporter’s “10 to Watch in Greater Tulsa 2018” as announced in its January 2018 issue. GTR was the first news group in Greater Tulsa to introduce “10 People to Watch,” which launched in January 2009.
Throughout the year, GTR is publishing a series of articles, featuring each of its “10 to Watch,” with next month’s issue to feature Broken Arrow City Manager Michael Spurgeon.

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B.A. Draws Legal Challenge from Activist Group

By BOB LEWIS

Broken Arrow has a new set of rules and regulations affecting those who want to be part of the medical marijuana industry. If and when they will be in place, however, will be up to the state legislature and a district judge to decide.

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TCC Announces 50th Anniversary Celebration Plans

Tulsa Community College announced a series of events to celebrate the 50th anniversary of TCC and mark its role in developing northeastern Oklahoma’s workforce. Since opening in 1970 as Tulsa Junior College, the college has been a critical piece in training generations of workers and providing higher education to the greater Tulsa area. Nearly 450,000 students have walked through the doors as TCC has grown into one of the leading higher education institutions in the country and the third largest institution in Oklahoma.

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A New Day Dawning for B.A.’s Rose District

By BOB LEWIS

Broken Arrow’s Rose District, already one of the region’s most successful and most honored downtown redevelopment projects, will soon be taking on an exciting new face.

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Third Public Meeting Scheduled for Broken Arrow Next Comprehensive Plan

The City of Broken Arrow will host the third public meeting of the comprehensive plan process from 6-8 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 25, at Central on Main, 210 N. Main St.

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Public Service Remains at the Forefront for Ron Peters

By EMILY RAMSEY

Editor’s Note: Tulsa County Commission Chairman Ron Peters is one of Greater Tulsa Reporter’s “10 to Watch in Greater Tulsa 2018,” as announced in its January 2018 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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B.A. Voters Approve $210 Million GO Bond

By BOB LEWIS

Extending a tradition that dates back more than three decades, Broken Arrow voters went to the polls on Aug. 28 to approve a $210 million general obligation bond issue designed to help fuel community growth for the next 10 years.

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Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation Thanked for Transforming Tulsa’s Eugene Field Neighborhood

From Tulsa's Mayor By G.T. BYNUM

Tulsa continues to dream big and pursue transformative opportunities that will help us be a globally competitive, world-class city. I’m pleased to tell you one of our dreams is transforming into reality.

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