Tulsa County Leadership Supports Vision2 Investment

REGIONAL SUPPORT: Arvest Bank President and CEO Don Walker, community leader and Vision2 co-chair, addresses Citizens for a Greater Tulsa at the BOK Center Aug. 9 to discuss the future of the greater Tulsa region.

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Citizens for Tulsa County, along with the Tulsa County Commissioners, support a positive vote on Vision2 in the Nov. 6 general election. Supporters say that Vision2 would give the citizens of Tulsa County the opportunity to continue investing in the region by extending the current Vision2025 initiative to create more jobs, improve communities and ensure a stronger future for the Tulsa region.

“We have all seen and heard about the great strides we have made as a county with the implementation of Vision 2025. We have seen our communities grow with projects like the Center, Tulsa Convention Center, community centers, parks, Expo Square, – Broken Arrow, OU Tulsa, Tulsa, Morton Healthcare Clinic, Route 66 and many more. I think we can all agree that Vision 2025 has been a success for our region ,and we must keep that momentum going,” says Don Walker, community leader and Vision2 co-chair.

Community leaders attributed the Tulsa region’s ability to fare better than cities of similar size to proactive efforts around Vision2025 but stressed that the region is still in a battle with other regions in the U.S. to grow and retain jobs.

“During the course of this year, there has been ongoing dialogue among community and business leaders stemming from the need to invest in the infrastructure of the Tulsa Industrial Airport Complex as well as the needs of the region based on input from the enVision Summit earlier this year. I believe that Vision2 has worked with a variety of citizens and leaders to create a plan to move the region forward by creating and assisting with job growth and promoting the region’s quality of life,” says Walker.

On the issue of Economic Development, Vision2 is seeking to invest approximately $386 million in improving outdated publicly-owned facilities at the Tulsa Industrial Airport Complex and a job creation fund. These upgrades are needed to ensure the Tulsa region remains competitive for current and future aerospace and manufacturing jobs. This investment would ensure that the public-owned aerospace and manufacturing facilities are competitive, with modern enhancements, to attract and retain an industry presence. In response to the current economic environment, the Vision2 plan includes a job creation fund of approximately $50 million to attract and keep companies who are investing in the Tulsa region by creating jobs.

Quality of life is the central focus of the second aspect of Vision2. A deciding factor for many companies and individuals to stay or locate in the Tulsa region and quality of life have continued to be key elements in economic development. Approximately $361.9 million of the Vision2 funds would be spent on needs that have been identified within Tulsa County and each of the cities within Tulsa County to implement community projects.

Since the citizens and leaders of each community within Tulsa County know the priorities of their city better than anyone else, Vision2 calls on each city and its citizens to select projects that will be a direct reflection of those community needs. Citizens will be invited to participate in the selection of projects throughout the many community discussions to occur in the next three months.

Updated 08-31-2012

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