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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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August Opening Planned for New Osage Casino

Osage Casinos will open its brand-new, $150-million casino in Tulsa in August 2018, and with it, the casino will welcome a fully operational 4,000-square-foot brewery, featuring locally-brewed beer from Nine Band Brewery.

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Business and People Notes April 2018

Emergency Infant Services announces Bill Andoe as executive director. The Tulsa-based nonprofit — whose mission is to meet the basic needs of infants and children through age five whose families are in crisis — welcomes the nonprofit veteran who has served at several Tulsa-area nonprofit organizations.

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DoubleShot Coffee Co. Celebrates 14 Years

Brian Franklin, owner and roastmaster of the DoubleShot Coffee Company, celebrated14 years of business with a birthday party at its 18th Street and Boston Avenue location March 4. 

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PSO, Walmart Reach Agreement on Wind Catcher

Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO) and Walmart, Inc. have reached a settlement agreement on PSO’s proposed Wind Catcher Energy Connection project (Wind Catcher). PSO and Walmart are requesting the Oklahoma Corporation Commission (Commission) approve the project under the terms of the settlement agreement.

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Business and People Notes March 2018

Mabrey Bank announces that Bill Thomas has been elected to the board of directors of Mabrey Bancorporation, the holding company for Mabrey Bank. Thomas joins Andy Johnson and Terry Carter.

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John Smaligo Looks Forward to New Position

Carl Williams, president and CEO of Associated Builders and Contractors of Oklahoma (ABC), has announced his retirement. John Smaligo, Tulsa County commissioner, will assume his position in April of this year.

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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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Actress Kim Coles, Cindy Morrison Headline OSU Women’s Business Leadership Conference

Actress Kim Coles and Emmy Award-winning television journalist Cindy Morrison are among the speakers highlighting this year’s 27th Annual Women’s Business Leadership Conference March 7 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Tulsa.

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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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Arvest Mortgage Tops $1 Billion Mark

Arvest Bank has announced its mortgage division originated more than $1 billion in purchase-money mortgage loans in 2017, the second year in a row it has done so.
Passing the $1 billion mark in purchase-money loans in 2016 was a milestone for Arvest, so topping the year-old record for performance a year later is particularly rewarding, says Steven Plaisance, president and chief executive officer of the mortgage division.

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Chamber Applauds Frontier Flights

By MIKE NEAL

The Tulsa Regional Chamber applauds Frontier Airlines’ addition of nonstop destinations from Tulsa International Airport to San José and Washington, D.C. Direct flights not only give northeast Oklahoma residents additional options for travel, but they are a significant business driver for the region. These two destinations open additional commercial opportunities between the Tulsa region and the Bay Area and the nation’s capital.

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Business and People Notes February 2018

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) honored Peter Grant, CGR, CAPS, as the 2017 Remodeler Designee of the Year at the 2018 International Builders‘ Show (IBS) in January in Orlando. 

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GTR Enters 26th Year

By FORREST CAMERON, Ph.D.

Greater Tulsa Reporter Newspapers is celebrating its 25th birthday with the publication of this January 2018 issue.

Thank you to readers, advertisers and all who have been employed by GTR over the years for making this longevity possible. Also, kudos to my co-publisher Sharon Cameron, who has been with GTR from the beginning!

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Eastern Oklahoma Chapter of AIA Names Tulsa-Based GH2 Architects Firm of the Year

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Eastern Oklahoma Chapter has named GH2 Architects, LLC, as 2017’s Firm of the Year. GH2 Architects is an international architecture and design firm headquartered in Tulsa.

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