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.
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.
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.
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.
On Feb. 10, Broken Arrow Chamber of Commerce President and Wes Smithwick was named Citizen of the Year at the Broken Arrow Chamber’s Awards Banquet.
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.
Twelve Public Service Company of Oklahoma () employees departed from Tulsa recently to fly to Puerto Rico to help restore power to the island. They are part of a group of nearly 70 frontline employees from and its sister companies across the system that are joining in the massive power restoration effort there.
12 & 12 announced a gift of $700,000 from The Bama Companies, Inc., to support major renovations and the goals of the Transforming Recovery campaign. 12 & 12 offers life-saving recovery tools for adults suffering with addiction or co-existing mental health and substance abuse disorders to achieve individualized recoveries.
One of the government reforms recommended by the Step Up Oklahoma group is for county citizens to be allowed to decide what form of county government best suits the needs of the county.
When Mark Graham walked door-to-door to raise money for the Tulsa Area United Way as a young man, he never imagined he would eventually reach a quarter of a billion dollars.
Tulsans are pulling together to address mental illness and suicide through a groundbreaking program called the Community Response Team ().
City councilors are preparing to decide what the future of downtown Tulsa’s parking meter system will look like.
“The downtown parking meter system is an embarrassment to the city,” said Mayor G.T. Bynum during his presentation to the Tulsa City Council Urban and Economic Development Committee on Jan. 10.
Since 2010, Newspapers has annually offered a series to highlight individuals who are predicted to be newsmakers in the coming year.
’s Ten to Watch in 2018 are:
Assessing this past year requires an evaluation of the services provided to Tulsa County citizens by the county government which serves them. I am pleased to report that there were a number of significant accomplishments.
A coalition of business leaders recently set aside partisan differences and presented an admirable effort to resolve Oklahoma’s budget crisis. Our fiscal situation will only improve once our state’s elected representatives and business leaders join together and strive for a budget that appropriately funds core government services. We commend the efforts of Step Up Oklahoma in bringing forward revenue and reform solutions.