2017 Women of the Year Announced
Tulsa in partnership with the Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women has announced the winners of the 2017 Women of the Year-Pinnacle Award:
James Pepper Henry Anticipates Gilcrease Expansion
Editor’s Note: Gilcrease Museum’s Executive Director James Pepper Henry is one of Greater Tulsa Reporter’s “10 People to Watch in 2016,” as announced in its January 2016 issue. was the first news group in greater Tulsa to introduce People to Watch, which launched in January 2009.
Throughout the year, will publish a series of articles featuring each of its “10 People to Watch,” with next month’s issue to feature Jenks Mayor Kelly Dunkerley.
Although Gilcrease Museum Executive Director James Pepper Henry always planned to one day return to Oklahoma, a state that sits close to his heart, the circumstances that brought his return caught him a bit by surprise.
ONE VOICE IN WASHINGTON:
The Tulsa region’s OneVoice coalition traveled to Washington, D.C., with 70 local business and community leaders April 18-20 to lobby Oklahoma’s federal delegation and to advocate on behalf of the Tulsa region and state of Oklahoma. “Over the past nine years, the Tulsa Regional Chamber has been fortunate to work with a regional coalition that proactively engages government entities to advance Tulsa and its surrounding communities,” says Jeff Dunn, Tulsa Regional Chamber board chair and president and of Mill Creek Lumber & Supply Company.
Route 66 is a Great Asset for Greater Tulsa
Tulsa is fortunate to have a piece of U.S. Highway 66 – Route 66 – running through the middle of our city from southwest to Admiral Place. For years, groups have come together to shine the light on Tulsa’s Route 66, and now, businesses are cropping up, car shows are attracting thousands and the work of a few is now becoming a formal City of Tulsa commission to promote the “Mother Road.”
Special Elections to be Held June 28
Voters will go to the polls Tuesday, June 28, 2016 for the State & County Primary, State Senate District 12 Special Primary, City of Tulsa Primary, City of Jenks Special (Utility Franchise) and Liberty Public Schools Special Elections, Tulsa County Election Board Secretary Patty Bryant said today.
League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Tulsa Providing a Voters’ Guide for June 28 Election
The League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Tulsa has worked tirelessly to put together a Voters’ Guide for the June 28th primary elections. The League’s mission is to encourage informed and active participation in government works, to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influence public policy through education and advocacy. The Voters’ Guide is just one way the League recognizes this mission.
Safety Matters in Tulsa’s Workplaces, Roadways
In 2012, the City of Tulsa’s safety and injury issues were first identified in an independent report, showing that the City of Tulsa’s worker’s compensation costs totaled $27 million, and incident rates were twice as high as similar-sized cities.
AWC Recognizes Becky Dixon, Newsmakers
On May 4, the Tulsa chapter of the Association for Women in Communications () recognized its 2016 Newsmakers Jill Donovan, Leigh Goodson, and Katie L. Plohocky and awarded Becky Dixon with the Saidie Lifetime Achievement Award.
Sherry Gamble-Smith Oversees Greenwood Chamber
Editor’s Note: Greenwood Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Sherry Gamble-Smith is one of Greater Tulsa Reporter’s “10 People to Watch in 2016,” as announced in its January 2016 issue. was the first news group in greater Tulsa to introduce “10 People to Watch,” which launched in January 2009.
Skipping Lunch, Giving a Meal
MILLION MEALS: Arvest Bank and The Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma held a “Skip Your Lunch, Give a Meal” food and fundraising drive in May to benefit Arvest’s 1 Million Meals initiative. From left at Arvest Bank, 6560 E 71st St in Tulsa, are Branch Manager Holly Fowler and Consumer Lender Deborah Heisler. Last year, the Arvest Bank locations raised more than 1.6 million meals. This year’s effort benefits 69 different organizations.
Greater Tulsa Leaders Lament Steep Cuts to Public Education
The Tulsa Regional Chamber hosted its 15th annual State of Education May 9 at the Doubletree Downtown Hotel. This year’s luncheon featured presentations from Dr. Deborah Gist, superintendent of Tulsa Public Schools; Dr. Steve Tiger, superintendent and of Tulsa Tech; and Dr. Steve Turner, president of Northeastern State University.
Tulsa Roots Run Deep for G.T. Bynum
Editor’s Note: G.T. Bynum is one of Greater Tulsa Reporter’s “10 People to Watch in 2016,” as announced in its January 2016 issue. was the first news group in greater Tulsa to introduce “10 People to Watch,” which launched in January 2009.
This article is part of a yearlong series of articles featuring each of GTR’s “10 People to Watch,” with next month’s issue to feature Gilcrease Museum Executive Director James Pepper Henry.
Passage of Vision Tulsa a Huge Positive
I want to express my deepest thanks to the citizens of Tulsa for acting in a spirit of innovation and enterprise by voting for Vision Tulsa. Tulsans have shown their support for some truly remarkable projects that will help preserve the safety of our community, improve our streets and implement game-changing economic development projects.
TCC Leader Selected for Presidential Fellowship
Tulsa Community College President and Leigh B. Goodson, Ph.D. has been selected for the prestigious Aspen Presidential Fellowship for Community College Excellence. The Aspen Institute, an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, D.C., announced that Goodson joins the inaugural class of the Aspen Presidential Fellows, a diverse group of 40 extraordinary leaders with the drive and capacity to transform community colleges to achieve higher levels of student success.
A Gathering Place Attracts Millions More in Pledges
George Kaiser Family Foundation has announced commitments from 19 additional donors for A Gathering Place for Tulsa totaling over $14 million in contributions. The group of donors includes a blend of Tulsa companies, foundations, families and individuals, further showcasing the support of the entire community around this transformational park. The total contributions to A Gathering Place for Tulsa are now nearing $150 million.
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