Municipal water suppliers are required by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to test water samples for evidence of many minerals, metals and contaminants.
When asked about ideas for a title for a news article about the mission of the Oklahoma Air National Guard’s 219th Engineer Installation Squadron, the response was “Give ‘em the birds!”
Owasso’s outlook for the New Year appears bright.
In the coming months, Owasso residents will see the completion of Tulsa Tech’s newest campus. Administrators expect to move into the site in March.
A project with funding mostly from the City’s Community Development Block Grant has begun this week, to bring 13 locations of arterial streets and intersections into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Sidewalks and curb ramps will be built to make these locations accessible to all Tulsa citizens regardless of disability.
City of Tulsa representatives will meet with community and neighborhood leaders and any interested citizens to discuss community needs and priorities for federal funding for programs and projects in the coming year.
Thomas Moton, Broken Arrow’s city manager, is entering his new post with his eyes and ears open.
“So much about municipal government is sitting down and discussing what we want to accomplish,” Moton says. “Right now I am in the listening phase: building relationships, clarifying my understanding of what all the various city groups expect.”
Members of the Tulsa business community announced the winners of the 5th Annual Tulsey Awards, held at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame Nov. 16.
Dr. Steadman Upham was re-named the president of the University of Tulsa Oct. 1, 2012. Upham had retired June 30 after eight years. During his tenure, TU saw unprecedented achievements, raising more than $700 million and rising to number 75 among national research universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey.
Jenks City Manager Mike Tinker is excited about at least two developments coming up in 2013. The soon-to-be-completed First Oklahoma Bank is certainly physically the biggest thing on the horizon. On a Main Street where two floors is as high as most buildings go, the new bank will rise six stories over the town and will be headquarters for all the bank’s branches. “It will be at 9th and Main Street, just opposite the lighthouse,” says Tinker. “The bank will use three of the floors for its own needs and lease out the other three. It is going to give a tremendous boost to Jenks.”
The Tulsa Area United Way raised a record-shattering $25,575,522 during its 2012 campaign – the highest total in its 88-year history.
The largest-ever campaign was announced before more than 300 guests at the annual “Unite!” celebration on Thursday, Nov. 8.
Mayor Dewey Bartlett has announced the employee team that submitted the winning bid to retain maintenance and operations services at City Hall – One Technology Center will be awarded their share of $43,514.08 in additional compensation for the Fiscal Year 2012. This raises the total savings for the City of Tulsa to nearly $250,000 during Fiscal Year 2012. It is the maintenance team’s second gainsharing award for the year.
By Emily Ramsey
Owasso’s Strong Neighborhood Initiative () received top honors from the Keep Oklahoma Beautiful Environmental Excellence Awards Competition. The program Owasso CARES was recognized in early November as a 2012 winner in the government programs category at the Keep Oklahoma Beautiful Annual Environmental Excellence Celebration ceremony.
As the city of Bixby continues its growth, so do its Chamber of Commerce and many business partners.
The chamber concentrates on growing local businesses and business revenue.
It does this largely through regular events, hosting about 60 per year. “We know that, for many in the business world, we are a pathway to the community,” says Bixby Chamber President Krystal Crockett. “With everything we do, we want to help Bixby businesses and the Bixby area and to build relationships between businesses because those relationships grow businesses.”
The historic Mayo 420 Building in downtown Tulsa, redeveloped with rental apartments on the third through tenth floors, has received a 2012 J. Timothy Anderson Award for Excellence in Historic Rehabilitation from the National Housing & Rehabilitation Association. The Mayo 420 Building won in the category of Best Historic Rehab Utilizing New Markets Tax Credits.
The Owasso Chamber of Commerce is working to grow jobs through regional and local business growth.
“It is important to secure and promote jobs in Owasso with our main focus being on maintaining and growing primary jobs that allow people to raise and support their families,” says Owasso Chamber President Gary Akin.