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Rose West Dog Park Opens in Broken Arrow

The City of Broken Arrow cut the ribbon on the Rose West Dog Park, the city’s first dog park, May 4. Dogs and their owners were among the attendees.

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Broken Arrow Mayor Visits White House

Broken Arrow Mayor Craig Thurmond recently attended a special invitation-only meeting at the White House.

A select group of mayors from across the country met with D.J. Gribbin, special assistant to the president for infrastructure, during a meeting to discuss infrastructure.

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Jenks Chamber of Commerce Inaugural Banquet Information

The Jenks Chamber of Commerce 2018 Inaugural Banquet was held in January at the Oklahoma Aquarium. The 2018 Banquet was presented by TTCU. Above in the photo from left are Jenks Chamber President Josh Driskell, Chair-elect Mark Tedford and Past Board Chair Greg Helms.

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Economic Growth Continues in Bixby

By RAEGAN DOUGHARTY

New construction can be seen in various locations in Bixby, something Krystal Crockett, president and CEO of the Bixby Metro Chamber of Commerce, says makes this time an exciting one for the community. Crockett has been with the chamber for close to nine years. She worked at the front desk for the chamber and was involved with events as well and transitioned into her current role soon after.

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Association for Women in Communications Honors Four

The Tulsa Chapter of the Association for Women in Communication will celebrate excellence in Oklahoma Women on May 2 at the 45th annual Newsmakers Awards luncheon at Southern Hills Country Club. 

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Hannibal Johnson Advocates for Tulsa’s History, Future

By EMILY RAMSEY

Editor’s Note: Hannibal Johnson 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 Susan Neal of Gilcrease Museum and the University of Tulsa.

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Little Free Libraries Booming

The City of Tulsa Parks and Recreation Department and Tulsa Community College have partnered with local nonprofit Transporting Education and Literacy into Open Spaces, Inc. (T.E.L.O.S., Inc.) for the grand opening events for the Tulsa Little Free Libraries Project.
In addition, neighborhoods are beginning to offer the Little Free Libraries.??

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‘A Better Way:’ A Strategy to Reduce Panhandling

From Tulsa's Mayor By G.T. BYNUM

Last fall I shared with you the idea of an innovative pilot program called “A Better Way” as a strategy to reduce panhandling. I’m pleased to tell you through the collaborative efforts of the City of Tulsa, Mental Health Association Oklahoma and the Tulsa Area United Way, we have officially launched the Better Way program to give panhandlers the opportunity to change their lives for the better.

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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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