Ford Motor Company Announces Ford Sync

Ford Motor Company recently confirmed the distribution and pricing strategy of Ford Sync, an advanced in-car communication and entertainment system developed in collaboration with Microsoft. Sync will be standard on Lincoln vehicles and widely available on Ford and Mercury vehicles. In most cases, Sync will be included as standard equipment on high-series models from Ford and Mercury, the Ford Edge Limited or Ford Focus SES, for example. On models where Sync is optional, it will be priced at $395.

“Consumer reaction to Sync has been extremely positive since our launch earlier this year,” says Cisco Codina, Ford’s group vice president of North America Marketing, Sales and Service. “This positive reaction has convinced us to make the system widely available across our range of Ford, Lincoln and Mercury products. The simplicity and capability of Sync have tremendous appeal and the affordability we are confirming today is certain to drive even greater interest.”

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Above left, Chris Oden of Tulsa Young Professionals speaks during a press conference. TY Pros is one of the organizational supporters of the River Project plan.

Above right, from left, Executive Director of the George Kaiser Family Foundation Ken Levit, President of the Remy Companies Tim Remy, Bixby Chamber of Commerce President Melisa Navrkal, Bixby Mayor Ray Bowen and Bixby citizen John Benjamin participated in a River Project rally Sept. 16. Tulsa County voters will have the change to decide the Arkansas River’s future Oct. 9.

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The Bank of Oklahoma Center, located in the northwest corner of downtown Tulsa at 1st and Denver, marked two years of progress in August. The project, which is part of Vision 2025, is scheduled to be completed in September 2008.

At the beginning of August, construction crews began putting up thousands of stainless steel panels to create the arena’s “outer skin,” as seen the photo to the right. The left photo shows an interior view of the Bank of Oklahoma Center. Construction of the arena’s suites began at the beginning of September. Other recent additions include the center’s two roof trusses, each weighing 176,000 pounds. Crews expect the building to be fully enclosed by the end of the year so interior work can be completed in early 2008.

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Botanical Garden to Hold Centennial Celebration


Call it a preview of coming attractions or whatever, but the Oklahoma Centennial Botanical Garden is going to hold its official Centennial Celebration Sept. 8 and 9.

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Outstanding Alumni Honored at Best of TCC Event

Tulsa Community College (TCC) Alumni and Friends Association recently celebrated the achievements of the college’s most distinguished alumni at the ninth annual Best of TCC event. Twenty-one honorees were recognized for their accomplishments in their careers and the community.

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Local Women Receive EWI Scholarships

The Adult Student in Scholastic Transition (ASIST) program provides scholarship money to adults looking to improve their situation through education. The award, which is annually provided by Executive Women International (EWI), is available to women facing economic, social or physical challenges.

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Tulsa RSVP Helps in New Orleans

Claudia Meiling, RSVP executive director and Jan Kelley, assistant director, were among 25 staff members of Oklahoma Senior Corps who joined others from Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Louisiana for a four-day conference in New Orleans from June 16 through June 19. Re-New, Re-charge, Re-Build was the theme for this meeting that offered numerous sessions for staff of national service projects of the Corporation for National and Community Service.

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Local Media ‘Gone Fishin’ with Zebco

KVOO protected its first place title in the Zebco Media Fishing Challenge held on Friday, June 1 at LaFortune Park. The ninth annual media challenge kicked off National Fishing and Boating Week, while also allowing local radio, television and newspaper staffs to test the water before Zebco’s “Take Me Fishing” day.

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WINUP to Hold National Conference in Tulsa Oct. 8-10

Women’s International Network of Utility Professionals (WINUP) will hold its annual conference in Tulsa Oct. 8-10. This year’s conference is titled “Catch the Oklahoma Dream.”

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Tulsan is NIADA Quality Dealer of the Year

Robert Mulkey, owner of Regal Car Sales and Credit in Tulsa, earned the industry’s top honor when he was named the 2007 National Independent Automobile Dealers Association (NIADA) National Quality Dealer of the Year. Mulkey was recognized at the annual NIADA Convention and Expo in Nashville, Tenn., at the Gaylord Opryland Resort. Mulkey was selected from 24 of the nation’s best independent dealers. He demonstrated an outstanding commitment to quality, customer service, community involvement and to the used motor vehicle industry.

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Business & People Notes

Greater Tulsa Reporter Newspapers announced the hiring of Miranda Enzor as Assistant Editor. Since being accepted as an intern at GTR, Enzor has graduated from the University of Tulsa with degrees in Communication and English.

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University Agreement to Significantly Expand Campus Emergency Notification Systems

Virginia Tech reached an agreement with National Notification Network (3n; parent company of Tulsa-based Superior Notification Systems) that will significantly expand the university’s ability to send critical news and information to the university community during campus emergencies.

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Huntington Celebrates 30 Years

Huntington Learning Center, founded in 1977, is celebrate its 30th anniversary June 9 as the nation’s first and longest-running supplemental education services provider and as a pioneer and leader in the franchise learning center arena.

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Girl Scout Volunteers Awarded at Annual Dinner

Girl Scouts of Magic Empire Council held its annual volunteer recognition dinner recently to award many volunteers for outstanding service and dedication to the Girl Scouts. Among those who received awards were Leslie Cairns, Becky Helms, Sheila Harbert, Jackie Robb and Patty Cappy of Tulsa.

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Five Receive Camp Fire USA’s Highest Honor

Five young women and men received Camp Fire’s highest honor, the Wohelo Award, at the Grand Council Fire ceremonies on May 26 at Central Church of the Nazarene in Tulsa. Only about 200 young people nationwide receive the prestigious Wohelo annually.

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