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Costco on its Way

By EMILY RAMSEY

Those eagerly anticipating the opening of Costco may only have to wait until the 2015 holiday season.

Steve McArthur, real estate consultant for Costco, says that the company hopes, barring weather delays, that the club warehouse will open in the fall. “However, if we can’t open by Nov. 1, we will push it into next year,” he says.

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Spartan College Signs Agreement for Aircraft

Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology has signed a Training Program Development and Deposit Agreement with Aero Electric Aircraft Corp. (AEAC). Spartan is reserving the first 20 “Sun Flyer” delivery positions and is to help develop a complete training system for the “Sun Flyer” solar-electric training aircraft being developed by AEAC.

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Alan Armstrong Unveils Chamber Initiatives

The Tulsa Regional Chamber welcomed Alan Armstrong, president and CEO of Williams, as its 2015 chair of the Board of Directors at its annual meeting, held in January, where 1,400 business leaders, elected officials and citizens met to hear Armstrong speak about the chamber’s 2015 initiatives.

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Greater Tulsa Economic Report: The Owasso Economy Looks Strong in 2015

By GARY AKIN

Editor’s Note: The Greater Tulsa Economic Report is a monthly column written by various area Chamber of Commerce and other business representatives. Additional columns will feature reports from Broken Arrow, Bixby, Jenks, Hispanic and Greenwood Chambers of Commerce, as well as from the Tulsa Regional Chamber and other greater Tulsa areas.

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Development Expands Along Mingo

By EMILY RAMSEY

The area surrounding the intersection of 81st Street and Mingo Road has recently seen a number of construction projects as the area grows in business and residential developments. The area is home to many senior living properties, including Legend, Autumn Leaves and Tapestry at Woodland Hills, which is currently under construction.

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TTCU Donates to TCC

TTCU The Credit Union presented a $2,861.42 donation to Tulsa Community College recently. Dr. Leigh Goodson, TCC president and CEO, accepted the gift which was the culmination of TTCU’s School Pride program.

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Business and People Notes

Tulsa-based Patriot Bank announces the promotion of two executive-level employees.

Chief Financial Officer Randall Wimmer, who most recently served as senior vice president, has been named executive vice president. He joined Patriot Bank in October 2009. Wimmer provides key managerial oversight of the financial and operational functions of the bank. He graduated from Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor of Science in accounting, with three years of continuing education at the University of Wisconsin’s School of Banking. He is professionally affiliated with the Oklahoma Bankers Association, the National Association of Bank Cost and Management Accounting, the International Facilities Management Association and Lions International.

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Arvest Bank Tulsa Announces Changes

Arvest Bank announced in January that president and CEO Don Walker has been named a regional executive.

Additionally, Kirk Hays, sales manager and executive vice president of Arvest Bank, Tulsa, was named its president and CEO.

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Library Receives Award, Unveils New Service Model

The Tulsa City-County Library was awarded the 2014 Oklahoma Quality Award for Pursuit of Excellence from the Oklahoma Quality Foundation at a presentation in Oklahoma City featuring Gov. Mary Fallin.

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OSU-Tulsa President Teaches Course in Nonprofit Fundraising

Oklahoma State University-Tulsa President Howard Barnett is helping graduate students learn the ins and outs on nonprofit fundraising through a course offered at OSU-Tulsa this fall.

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Microsoft Comes to Town

GRAND OPENING: Microsoft Store Manager Jared Harris and Greg Johnston, GM of retail stores, cut the ribbon to open the company’s newest store at Woodland Hills Mall on Nov. 20. This is the company’s 109th store. Also at the grand opening, local community organizations accepted more than $1.3 million in donations from the Microsoft store, including CAP Tulsa, Folds of Honor, Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma, Starbase Oklahoma and Tulsa Library Trust.

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TYPros Foundation Announced at Boomtown Awards

In an effort to expand the organization’s reach, respond to community needs, and offer diverse and consistent opportunities for its members to volunteer, Tulsa’s Young Professionals announced the creation of the TYPros Foundation at the organization’s annual Boomtown Awards, held Oct. 30 at Legends Dance Hall in downtown Tulsa.

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APSCO Recognized as a SHARP Workplace

Air Power Systems Company Inc. (APSCO), announces it has qualified for the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) from the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) under the U.S. Department of Labor. This program recognizes small businesses that “operate an exemplary injury and illness prevention program” by creating a clean, healthy, and safe work environment. SHARP is one of the highest awards that OSHA can designate to small businesses. APSCO Inc. is only one of 10 small businesses in Oklahoma now certified in SHARP this year. Three other Tulsa companies are on this list including Cameron Glass, Port City Metal Services and McElroy Manufacturing.

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Tulsa Airport Enters Last Phase of Renovations

On Nov. 5, American Airlines passengers were welcomed back into the north end of Concourse A of Tulsa International Airport, after renovations were complete. The project included renovated restrooms, including a newly added family restroom, and new seating with fully integrated power charging stations. The concourse ceilings were raised, and a skylight was added which brings in additional sunlight and decreases the airport’s energy consumption.

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TYPros: Expanding Its Reach Leads to Success

By EMILY RAMSEY

As Tulsa’s Young Professionals prepares to celebrate a decade of Tulsa pride and activism in 2015, the organization can also look back on a number of successes to hang its hat on, although still with much to accomplish, agrees TYPros outgoing and incoming chairs, Isaac Rocha and Evan Tipton, respectively.

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