TulsaBizPac endorsed Tulsa City Council candidates at polls tomorrow
Candidates endorsed by TulsaBizPac will appear on tomorrow’s ballot for the office of Tulsa City Council. TulsaBizPac is a bi-partisan political action committee formed in 2010 by current and previous leaders of the Tulsa Metro Chamber. It allows individuals to collectively participate in the political process by identifying and supporting candidates concerned with reforming issues which impact the quality of life and economic vitality of the City of Tulsa.
“TulsaBizPac selected and supported candidates based on his and her stance on issues, but also those with a proven track record of diplomacy and leadership,” said David Page, TulsaBizPac chair and market president for JP Morgan Chase. “We believe candidates TulsaBizPac endorsed or to whom financial support was provided are among the strongest candidates in his or her respective races.”
Employers are encouraged to remind employees to vote in the primary election on Tuesday, Sept. 13 and share the list of TulsaBizPac endorsements and supported candidates.
Those endorsements in the primary include:
• Jack Henderson (D), District 1
• Jeannie Cue (R), District 2
• David Patrick (D), District 3
• Ken Brune (D), District 4
• Tom Mansur (R), District 7
• Phil Lakin (R), District 8
• G.T. Bynum (R), District 9
TulsaBizPac also provided financial support to the following:
• Blake Ewing (R), District 4
• Liz Hunt (R), District 4
• Chris Trail (R), District 5
• Karen Gilbert (R), District 5
• Byron “Skip” Steele (R), District 6
Discussions with candidates will continue post-primary about his or her top issues which may result in additional support or endorsements from TulsaBizPac for the general election on Tuesday, Nov. 8.
Contribute to TulsaBizPac
Click here to contribute to TulsaBizPac to support candidates in the general election. Contributions to TulsaBizPac are limited to $5,000 per person per year. Only individuals are allowed to contribute; no corporate or union donations are allowed. Contributions to a PAC are not tax deductible. No public investment funds are used in the administration of the PAC. TulsaBizPac is limited to contributing $5,000 per candidate.
Remember to vote in the Tulsa primary election tomorrow
The primary election for the city of Tulsa will be held Sept. 13, 2011. Tulsa residents can vote early in-person absentee today at the Tulsa County Election Board, 555 N. Denver Ave, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. All nine city council districts will be on the ballot. In the primary, Democrats and Republicans will decide who will represent their parties in the general election, Nov. 8.
The voter ID law approved by Oklahomans last year requires all voters to provide identification from the federal or state government, or from a tribal government. The identification must include the voter’s name, picture and an expiration date after the date of the election. Voters may also use their voter identification card or a temporary voter identification document issued by the Election Board.
Primary elections in the city of Tulsa are partisan. Only registered Democratic voters are allowed to vote in the city of Tulsa Democratic Primary and only registered Republican voters are allowed to vote in the city of Tulsa Republican Primary. Voters who are registered as independent will not vote until the city of Tulsa general election scheduled for Nov. 8, 2011.
There are only Republican primaries for districts 2, 5, 6, 8 and 9. Districts 3, 4 and 7 have Republican and Democratic primaries. District 1 has a Democratic primary.
For more information on the voter ID requirements or tomorrow’s primary election, click here.
Chamber leaders in Washington, D.C. this week advocating federal OneVoice agenda
Tulsa Metro Chamber leaders will spend three days this week in Washington, D.C. advocating numerous federal OneVoice agenda items. Discussions with Oklahoma’s congressional delegation will include issues of importance to Tulsa such as job growth and transportation.
Leaders will encourage the delegation to support a robust transportation reauthorization bill that will allow the nation's infrastructure to continue its progress and growth.
Federal highway programs, and the fuel taxes that pay for them, will expire Sept. 30. Unless Congress acts soon, the funds for construction projects across the country will be delayed.
Transportation experts say the impact of an expiration of highway programs would be even more devastating for the economy. Transportation programs tend to have wide bipartisan support, but given the focus of some in Congress on cutting the budget, the legislation could run into disputes over funding.
Other items that will be discussed with the Oklahoma delegation include the Main Street Fairness Act, dredging of the McCllelan-Kerr waterway at the Port of Catoosa and relief from over regulation.
Chamber staff participates in United Way Day of Caring
Chamber staff joined helping hands across Tulsa last Friday in participating in the United Way Day of Caring. Ten Chamber employees volunteered at the Crosstown Learning Center, a three-star, nationally accredited child care center at 2501 E. Archer.
Staff cleaned tables and chairs for the lunchroom and classrooms, worked in the flower beds outside the facility, read to children, played with them on the playground and more.
The Chamber participates in the United Way Day of Caring annually, and supports the organization throughout the year through various internal programs.
To find out more about the Day of Caring, click here.
Tulsa recognized for real estate value gains
Online real estate database Zillow named Tulsa the fourth metro area on list of 10 areas with the greatest real estate value gains over the last five years. The news is the latest of several recent announcements related to the Tulsa area’s value and healthy business climate.
The list estimated the Tulsa area had a gain of 9.4 percent.
The rankings are a combination of Zillow’s estimate of home values over the past five years and the Zillow Home Value Index.
In other news, a recent report in Business Facilities magazine places Tulsa in its number one spot under the category of “Best Cost of Living.”
To learn more, click here.
OneVoice state priority sees movement as U.S. EDA promotes public/private partnerships to help create jobs in the Tulsa region
The U.S. Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) last week announced an $800,000 grant to the Oklahoma Innovation Institute and the city of Tulsa to establish the Tulsa Community Supercomputer, a unique supercomputer that will help to leverage public-private partnerships to enable research, attract top-tier talent, capture federal research funding and develop the region’s workforce.
“A supercomputer in northeast Oklahoma will help the Tulsa region foster, retain and attract high paying research jobs while supporting the regions existing health, energy, aerospace, nano and cyber business clusters,” said Mike Neal, President and CEO of the Tulsa Metro Chamber.
“Encouraging innovation and bringing new technologies to the marketplace are critical to creating jobs and improving our nation’s economic competitiveness,” said U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development John Fernandez. “The Tulsa Supercomputer model will enhance the direct linkage of technology innovators, area universities, and the private sector to help boost the region’s competitiveness.”
“This unique, multidisciplinary research approach will facilitate technology commercialization centered around a home grown start-up business culture, and attract new, major research dollars into the region. The Tulsa Community Supercomputer is an Oklahoma Innovation Institute initiative that will immediately impact our research community and serve as a significant economic engine that will be vital to the future economic growth of Tulsa and the region,” said Barry Davis, Chairman of the Board, Oklahoma Innovation Institute.
EDA promotes collaboration and supports private/public partnerships to enhance local business development and leverage private sector investments. The Oklahoma Innovation Institute is a private sector initiative comprised of three major research universities, a leading community college, philanthropic organizations, local, regional, state and national partners with the objective of leveraging common resources and facilitating collaborative efforts focused on research, entrepreneurship and job creation.
To learn more about the U.S. Economic Development Administration click here.
This week's top prioritiesExecutive Office
• Attending the State Chamber Washington D.C. Fly in
• Hosting the Mayor’s State of the City address at Tulsa Convention Center
• Attending the VisitTulsa Capital Campaign Cabinet meeting
• Attending Governors Economic Development Team event in New York
• Attending Industrial Asset Management Council conference with site selection consultants and corporate real estate executives
• Attending FabLab grand opening
• Prospect meeting with company interested in a downtown location
• Meeting with City personnel and retailers/ property managers to discuss potential for “pop-up” retail downtown
• Attending press conference for new downtown grocery
• Member briefing at Breakfast Network
• Office space search for preliminary request from ODOC
• Proofing the resource campaign thank you edition
• Sending membership survey to all members
Education and Workforce
• Hosting PIE Steering Committee
• Planning CACR Kickoff
• Attending Tulsa Tech dedication and luncheon
• Hosting Development Series on Urban design.
• Hosting 360 orientation event for new members.
• Reviewing community partner applications for 2012.
• Meeting with our federal delegation and promoting our Regional OneVoice Legislative Agenda during the State Chamber's DC Fly-In
• Attending the Oklahoma State Legislature Health Care Reform Panel's first meeting
• Hosting Mayor Dewey Bartlett's State of the City Address
Tulsa Sports Commission
• Following up on potential event leads from Connect Marketplace
• Planning for Bill Connor’s Sports Dinner and TU Tailgates
• Preparing marketing materials for TEAMS Conference at the beginning of October
• THLA Bed Making Contest and Board Meeting.
• Team Tulsa Meeting
Communications and Marketing
• Preparing collateral pieces for VisitTulsa Convention and Visitors Bureau.
• Hosting Mayor Bartlett State of the City address
• Hosting Breakfast Network event
Chamber welcomes new businessesEach month the Tulsa Metro Chamber's Hospitality Club welcomes new businesses and new Chamber members to the community by assisting with ribbon cuttings and groundbreaking announcements.
Ann Patterson Dooley Family Safety Center
Consumer Pulse Marketing, LLC
Paradigm Clinical Research Group,LLC
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