BTC Broadband Provides Systems for Local Medical Center

Continuing their commitment to offer progressive telecommunications services throughout Northeast Oklahoma, Broadband is celebrating a successful first year of being selected to provide Jane Phillips Medical Center with a more fiscally efficient and physically robust voice and data network.

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Public Responds to TYPROS’ Initiative

Two hundred Trader Joe’s orders were picked up at Tulsa’s Young Professionals’ pop-up shop Saturday in the Brady District. The pop-up shop was an element of the inaugural Bring It To Tulsa campaign which highlighted the need for a full-service grocery store downtown and challenges with current Oklahoma liquor laws.

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GTR Newspapers Celebrates 20 Years


Greater Tulsa Reporter Newspapers, Oklahoma’s largest monthly news group, is celebrating 20 years of publishing with the February 2013 issue of its flagship publication, the Union Boundary.

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Ted Cundiff Named AVB Bank President & CEO

Bank announces Ted Cundiff has been named president and chief executive officer (). Cundiff assumes his role March 1, 2013. Most recently, Cundiff served as AVB’s chief lending officer () and senior executive vice president. He replaces Jim Boze, who after 40-years in the banking industry announced earlier this year that he would retire. Boze will remain with the organization through the end of February 2013.

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2013 OSU in Tulsa Icons Are Named

A beloved family physician, a leading public policy maker, a prominent state senator and a nationally-recognized community college president are all being honored as icons for their contributions to Oklahoma State University, the city of Tulsa and the state of Oklahoma.

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Area Leaders Show Support for AA Merger

Business and community leaders packed a Tulsa Regional Chamber news conference room Feb. 15 to announce their support for the merger between American Airlines and U.S. Airways – a move that would form the nation’s largest air carrier.

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Downtown Bixby Positioned for Growth


As Tulsa creeps southward, Bixby is reaping the benefits. Both Bixby City Manager Doug Enevoldsen and Mayor Ray Bowen are hopeful that what has traditionally been downtown Bixby, just east and south of 151st Street and Memorial Drive, will continue to benefit from a recent wave of redevelopment that has taken root along Memorial Drive from 101st Street southward.

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Business and People Notes

Jerzy Bodurka, a leading re-searcher in advanced multimodal brain neuroimaging, recently was appointed as an associate professor within the College of Engineering at the University of Oklahoma-Tulsa.

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Tulsa Chamber Launches App

The Tulsa Regional Chamber has launched a new mobile app, available at no cost to chamber members and non-members. The new app, accessible to both iPhone and Android users, offers a number of new features specifically created as a member benefit, including a searchable, on-the-go member directory; a “near me” geo-location map of area chamber members; member-to-member coupons; and the ability to share events, deals and the app itself via social media accounts or email.

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Edward Jones is Named A Top Workplace in 2013

Financial-services firm Edward Jones was recently named one of America’s Top Workplaces by WorkplaceDynamics.

Edward Jones was ranked No. 16 nationwide among 872 organizations with more than 1,000 employees who participated in regional top workplaces programs, according to David McCollum of Edward Jones in Midtown Tulsa.

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Panera Bread Helps Others

Traditional Bakery Inc. and Oklahoma City Bakery Inc. donated more than $1.3 million in food and money during 2012, according to Renee Eiffert, director of marketing for the fast casual bakery-café chain based in Springfield, Mo. /OKC owns and operates 32 Panera Bread bakery-cafes in Arkansas, Tulsa, Oklahoma City and Southwest Missouri, including Joplin, Branson, and Springfield.

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Chamber After Hours:

Airco Service, Inc. played an important part of the recent Tulsa Regional Chamber Business After Hours at the Tulsa Convention Center. From left are Tom Boyce, Airco co-owner; Austin Boyce, sales and marketing coordinator; and Chad Wiesman, sales and estimator. Airco Service is a family owned and operated business, which has served Oklahoma since 1961, offering heating, air, electrical and plumbing services.

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Regional Partners Announce Job Gains

The Tulsa Regional Chamber, Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett and regional partners in economic development reported at a Feb. 4 news conference that a near-record 907 primary jobs were added in January 2013. The announcement follows a trend of strong job creation catalyzed by a regional partnership dedicated to bringing high-paying employment and capital investment to the Tulsa region.

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Vintage Shop Opens in Owasso

The Flying Pig Vintage Market, 202 E. 1st St., opened Jan. 10.

There are about 30 vendors waiting to get into the shop, says Owner Malinda Palmer. Currently, the shop houses 14 vendors with products for sale. “I want to keep the shop small and quaint,” she says, “but I also want to provide opportunity for people to sell their goods.”

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Tulsa Flying High with AA Merger

American Airlines (, Corp.), one of Tulsa’s largest employers, and US Airways have announced a merger.

Responding to the announcement, Mike Neal, president and of the Tulsa Regional Chamber provides the following statement: “While the American Airlines restructuring process was difficult at times, it ultimately proved successful as thousands of high-paying jobs were saved in our community. Across the country, today’s corporations are making decisions based on economies of scale. We are confident US Airway’s decision to merge with American Airlines, a longstanding corporate partner in Tulsa, will ultimately keep thousands of high-paying aerospace and manufacturing jobs here, in our community.”

A merger such as this is not seen often. US Airways is a rising star in the airline industry, and this merger will create the world’s largest airline. American Airlines, a beacon of our nation’s history, and of Tulsa’s history, has been home to generations of skilled-workers. Tulsa’s manufacturing and aerospace workforce excels above all, a fact that did not go unnoticed during the fifteen month restructuring process. American’s highly-skilled Tulsa area employees contributed to the company’s success over a sixty-year period. 

The newly formed company will have a robust network with more than 6,700 daily flights to 336 destinations in 56 countries, a strong financial foundation and one of the most modern and efficient fleets in the industry. Today’s announcement is outstanding for the Tulsa region and a win for Oklahoma.

The Chamber welcomes American Airlines and US Airways as a continued corporate partner in Tulsa and encourages the company’s commitment to the success of the Tulsa maintenance base, the largest non-military base in the world, indirectly influencing the success of the suppliers and other businesses that serve the maintenance base. 

The Chamber has been working with both companies for months striving to realize the best outcome for the employees at the American Airlines and for the Tulsa region.  Working with Governor Mary Fallin, Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett, the Tulsa County Commission and other regional partners, we will maintain regular contact with the newly formed company in effort to encourage the company’s positive position to grow and continue investments in the Tulsa region.”

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