Urban Data Pioneers Dedicated to Improving Government
There’s a new group in town – the Urban Data Pioneers – and they’re dedicated to informing and improving all the ways our local government works.
OKPOP Museum Funding Finalized
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin recently signed a bill to approve the $25-million state bond issue to pay for the construction of the Oklahoma Museum of Popular Culture (OKPOP). The museum will be built at 422 N. Main St. in downtown Tulsa, across the street from the historic Cain’s Ballroom, home of Bob Wills. Tulsan David Sharp and Interak Corporation donated the quarter block of land for the OKPOP site, estimated to be valued at $1 million.
Tulsa Reputation Grows As International Location
Tulsa Global Alliance () is working to enhance Tulsa’s reputation as an international hub, says Bob Lieser, vice president of programs for .
New Projects for Downtown Owasso
Thanks to the early efforts made by the City of Owasso and community members, new development is on its way to downtown Owasso.
“Residents, business owners and city officials have all talked about Owasso’s lack of a downtown for a long time,” says Chelsea Levo, City of Owasso economic development director.
Tony Moore Brings Experience to Tulsa’s Gathering Place
Editor’s Note: Tony Moore, park director of A Gathering Place for Tulsa, is one of Greater Tulsa Reporter’s “10 People to Watch in 2017.”
Community Dashboard System Tracks City of Tulsa’s Progress
Here at the city we continue to work hard and grow our innovative capacity through the Office of Performance Strategy and Innovation. A group of talented employees, led by James Wagner, chief of performance strategy and innovation, is dedicated to using data and analytics from a range of sources to help city departments operate and prioritize resources.
HONORING MAYOR ROBERT J. LAFORTUNE
The Trust has commissioned a new portrait by Tulsa artist Nathan Opp of former Mayor Robert J. LaFortune to celebrate the Performing Art Center’s 40th anniversary and to honor Robert J. LaFortune’s dedicated leadership and service to the Trust. LaFortune’s public service contributions to Tulsa are exceptional.
Ken Chapman Aims to Help Tulsa’s Most Needy
Editor’s Note: The Salvation Army Tulsa Area Commander and Captain Ken Chapman is one of Greater Tulsa Reporter’s “10 People to Watch in 2017,” as announced in its January 2017 issue.
Jenks Welcomes New Councilors
The April 4th Jenks City Council race, with four seats up for election, resulted in the election of three new councilors.
Craig Murray defeated incumbent Kevin Rowland for the Ward 3 seat; Cory Box defeated incumbent Greg Bowman for the Ward 6 seat; and Robert Lee defeated Kelly Dunkerley for the Councilor at Large seat.
Proposed Budget to Bring Citywide Improvements
On April 26, I presented the City of Tulsa’s Fiscal Year 2018 Budget to the City Council. You may recall how the City Council and I collaborated in a joint retreat last December to form a strategic plan for our city. We unanimously agreed to set our sights higher and make Tulsa a globally competitive city once again.
Owasso Resident Announces Run For Congress
Owasso resident Andy Coleman has announced his candidacy for U.S. Congress, to represent Oklahoma’s First Congressional District.
The district is currently represented by Congressman Jim Bridenstine, who previously announced his intention not to seek reelection following the current term.
BAPD Receives Donation
In May, Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation awarded the Broken Arrow Police Department 20 automated external defibrillators (s) and 120 vented chest seals, valued at $23,838.
Stephanie Cameron Stays Busy with Civic Duties, Announces Street Cred 2017
Editor’s Note: Tulsa’s Young Professionals 2017 Chair Stephanie Cameron is one of Greater Tulsa Reporter’s “10 People to Watch in 2017,” as announced in its January 2017 issue. was the first news group in greater Tulsa to introduce “10 People to Watch,” which launched in January 2009.
Tulsa’s Young Professionals played a key role in keeping 2017 Chair Stephanie Cameron in Tulsa after she moved to the city in 2008, and this year in particular, she is paying it forward.
A Gathering Place for Tulsa Names Leadership Fivesome
As progress continues at A Gathering Place for Tulsa (), the park recently announced its leadership team. has named Kirsten Hein as senior programming officer, Josh Henderson as senior operations officer, Amanda Murphy as senior marketing officer and Steve Terry as senior culinary officer. The team will work together with Tony Moore, park director, in running the day-to-day operations and programming for the park.
Owasso Fire Chief Transitions to New Role
In April, Owasso Fire Chief Christopher Garrett entered a new role, transitioning to the position of Assistant City Manager.
Garrett will eventually take over the job from Sherry Bishop, who is soon to retire after more than 30 years with the City of Owasso.
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