Oklahoma State Rep. Lance Cargill and innovator Mary Beach recently unveiled the book “100 Ideas: Innovation for the Second Century” at the Tulsa Press Club. The book was written entirely by citizens of Oklahoma.
Almost five years in, Vision 2025 is already having a huge impact on Tulsa and its economy.
In information released at the end of February, the Tulsa Metro Chamber’s Economic Development department estimates that Vision 2025 has directly employed 4,530 since inception. Another 3,270 have been employed indirectly because of the project. Likewise, The Chamber estimates well over $143 million has been generated as income in relation to Vision 2025 and another $331 million has been the direct output. Including indirect numbers, Vision 2025 has put $252,808,826 into the pockets of hard-working Tulsans employed as a result of the project and $619,161,406 has been contributed into the local economy.
Tulsa Community College has received a $1.74 million national grant from the U.S. Department of Labor that is expected to address the current shortages of skilled Information Technology (IT) workers and anticipated baby boomer retirements of IT personnel negatively impacting the local and regional economy. The grant will provide free tuition, customized training, the creation of a regional IT skills center, and youth education.
It’s been a grueling eight months, but the first Leadership Owasso class is nearing graduation.
A product of the Owasso Chamber of Commerce, the curriculum was, says Owasso Chamber of Commerce president Gary Akin, designed to develop leaders in the community who might be encourage to do anything from leading civic endeavors (Boy Scouts, church, clubs such as Rotary) to running for political office and having a direct influence on how Owasso is run.
It is descriptive!
It is directional!
More important, it is designed to be an icon that bring buyers to its banner and with those buyers a transformation of cow pastures into vibrant suburban neighborhoods.
It is called South County.
Tulsa Community College hosted the first Best Thinking Forum Feb. 21 and 22. The forum is designed to promote best thinking skills of community leaders and the general citizenry to help shape and sustain the highest level of quality of life in the Tulsa area.
U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe and Steve Forbes, chairman and CEO Forbes and editor-in-chief of Forbes magazine, spoke at a Tulsa Metro Chamber luncheon held Feb. 20. From left are QuikTrip President and CEO Chet Cadieux; World Travel Service President Alex Eaton; Forbes; Senator Inhofe; Tulsa Metro Chamber President and CEO Mike Neal; and R.L. Hudson and Company CEO Rick Hudson.
Former presidents of the Tulsa Press Club recently gathered for the Presidents’ Day Luncheon. Standing from left are Charlene Bassett, 1984; MelaRead More
Rex PR Vice President of Communications Marnie Ducato looks forward to riding on the T-Town Trolley. The free service will link the downtown Blue Dome district with Cherry Street, Brookside and the Boston Ave. and 18th Street area. The trolley will operate from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday through Saturday.
OPENING REMARKS: Tulsa joined Oklahoma City and Edmond March 13 by announcing the city’s first free trolley system, T-Town Trolley. BOK Center General Manager John Bolton, Mayor Kathy Taylor and downtown entrepreneur Blake Lund spoke at a March 13 press conference announcing the Trolley’s first run.
Recent news about pharmaceuticals turning up in drinking water has many worried about Tulsa’s water quality. Help stop water pollution by disposing of medications and other chemicals at the Fairgrounds Pollutant Collection Event 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 5-6 at the Tulsa Fairgrounds Gate 7 entrance.
“Real estate,” says Broken Arrow housing developer Joe Robson quoting an ancient industry bromide, “is local. It’s great to be in Tulsa.”
Early in February Tulsa city councilors voted unanimously to reallocate $5.93 million of the city budget for the renovation and relocation of City Hall to the 15-story One Technology Center at 100 S. Cincinnati Ave. It was the last remaining bureaucratic hurdle left for Mayor Kathy Taylor’s plan to consolidate city services in the modern, high-tech structure that once served as the corporate offices of Williams Communications. Now the only task remaining is moving City Hall, City Council offices and most city services to the new location. The vote was one of many recent milestones reached in the growing momentum to strengthen downtown Tulsa’s viability as the economic engine of Green Country.
The Ice Storm Relief Fund, established by the Tulsa Area United Way, Tulsa Community Foundation and Bank of Oklahoma, announced approximately $750,000 has been awarded to non-profits which helped people with ice storm-related hardships.
The Tulsa Elks Lodge will host a charity event March 1 called “An Evening in Venice.” In conjunction with this fundraiser, the Elks Lodge is having a silent and live auction with casino activities.