Grand Lake marks the farthest west site for the Classic since the 1979 championship on Lake Texoma. It is the sixth time that B.A.S.S. has held a professional event on Grand Lake, which was the venue for three Invitational tournaments in the 1990s and Elite Series events in 2006 and 2007.
"We're very excited to bring the Classic to Oklahoma and Grand Lake," said B.A.S.S. CEO Bruce Akin. "It's a wonderful venue for us, and we're confident it will provide a true test of the best when the world's greatest bass anglers compete in the championship of our sport."
In 2013, the event will bring an expected economic impact of nearly $26 million to the local and regional economy. The Bassmaster Classic marks the inaugural event of a new era in the Tulsa region’s tourism industry with a nationally-recognized, highly visible, three-day event that garners an average attendance of over 70,000 individuals.
The BOK Center will hold daily weigh-ins, and the Tulsa Convention Center will hold the Classic Outdoors Expo. Competition boats will launch from Disney State Park Recreation Area #3 near Pensacola Dam, the world's longest multiple arch dam, which impounded the Grand River to form the lake in 1940.
“This is truly a regional event,” said Ray Hoyt, senior vice president of VisitTulsa and the Tulsa Sports Commission. “With events downtown at the BOK Center and at Grand Lake, an estimated 10,000 hotel nights that will fall somewhere in between and a number of partnerships across the region that will make this event a success, the 2013 Bassmaster Classic is an exciting opportunity to exercise VisitTulsa’s regional scope as an organization attracting and promoting economically-impacting events to the area.”
Up to fifty-four anglers will compete for a $500,000 first place prize and a $1.2 million purse over three days of fishing in average February temperatures of mid 40s. Low temperatures and late winter Classics have typically meant big tournament weights, as evidenced by record-breaking catches since the Classic transitioned from a summertime to a late winter event beginning in 2006. Limit (five bass) catches in the 20-pound range with daily big bass weighing between 7 and 9 pounds are expected.
B.A.S.S.' history at Grand Lake began with three Invitational tournaments between 1991 and 1995. Those events were in the spring and fall, and daily limits weighing between 15 and 18 pounds per day were required to win. The lake has been even more productive in recent years, when the Bassmaster Elite Series came to Grand Lake in the summers of 2006 and 2007. Those tournaments were won by Mike McClelland and Kevin VanDam, respectively, and took daily limits averaging almost 20 pounds for the top finishers. At Grand Lake, daily big bass averaged between 6 and 8 pounds.
The largest networking event of the year will be held tomorrow
Designed for maximum exposure leading to quality connections, Roundtable 5.0 promises to be time well spent so invite colleagues, clients, customers and prospects. Attendees can expect to make approximately 50 new business contacts among the expected 200 attendees and should come ready to deliver a 60-second commercial about their business, an ample supply of business card and marketing collateral.
Registration at the door is $25. Breakfast is provided.
The Chamber is presenting Roundtable 5.0 in conjunction with 2011 Tulsa Global Entrepreneurship Week. To learn more and view a list of additional events during the week, visit www.TulsaGEW.com.
All candidates endorsed by TulsaBizPac successful in council races
"The process TulsaBizPac established this election season was a success as evidenced by the number of quality candidates in the race," said David Page, TulsaBizPac chair and market president for JP Morgan Chase. "The real winners are the citizens of Tulsa. They will benefit from new leaders focused on issues to drive the city of Tulsa forward. This is a new beginning for Tulsa and one that we hope will be an era known for diplomacy and leadership," he continued.
TulsaBizPac endorsed and provided additional financial contributions to candidates in six of the seven contested general election races.
"We believe candidates TulsaBizPac endorsed or to whom financial support was provided were among the strongest candidates in his or her respective races," said Page.
2012 Tulsa City Council
District 1: Jack Henderson (re-elected in the primary election)
District 2: Jeannie Cue
District 3: David Patrick
District 4: Blake Ewing
District 5: Karen Gilbert (elected in September's primary)
District 6: Byron "Skip" Steele
District 7: Thomas Mansur
District 8: Phil Lakin Jr.
District 9: G.T. Bynum (re-elected in the general election)
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.
Tulsans vote against, approve some changes to the city charter
The council proposition to move to a city-manager form of government would have amended the city charter placing the mayor on the council, seemingly eroding the checks and balances of the legislative body. The Chamber continues to assert it is not in Tulsa's best interest for the mayor to serve on the council. We are pleased the voters of Tulsa agreed with this assertion and voted to keep the two governmental bodies separate for the time being.
"The Chamber, League of Women Voters, Tulsa World and others have long asserted the proposition to add three at-large councilors to the city council was developed without sufficient input from constituents within all nine council districts," said Dr. Gerard Clancy, chair of the Tulsa Metro Chamber and president of the University of Oklahoma-Tulsa. “Last week, Tulsa voters echoed this observation. We look forward to working with the new council and citizens across all nine districts in the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation process of any future proposed changes to the city charter."
The Chamber supported two charter changes concerning non-partisan elections and undoing staggering terms, both championed by the group Save Our Tulsa. Voters approved the restoration of the system of two-year, concurrent council terms and also voted to change municipal races to nonpartisan.
“The Chamber is pleased Tulsa voters chose to change the current partisan municipal races to nonpartisan,” said Dr. Clancy. “A non-partisan ballot will allow more voters to participate in those situations where a primary-only election occurs. The Chamber maintains the best outcome in choosing those to represent us in city government comes when we have as many voters as possible participate in elections.”
Tulsa general election results
City Charter proposals
Proposition No. 1
Failed, 7,558 to 24,501
Would have created a council-city manager structure, placing the mayor on the council
Initiative Petition Proposition No. 1
Failed, 8,675 to 23,780
Would have added three at-large councilors to the current nine-member council.
Chamber commends community leadersThe city of Tulsa general election held last week is widely considered one of the most significant in recent memory. The election was the culmination of months of research, volunteering, campaigning and advocacy by multiple groups throughout the community, initially stimulated by the Save Our Tulsa volunteers and city councilor’s proposed changes to the city charter.
“The Chamber commends these leaders for their steadfast efforts and starting the conversation in an endeavor to address the issues that affect Tulsa’s governance structure,” said Mike Neal, president and CEO of the Tulsa Metro Chamber.
Voters echoed two of the Save Our Tulsa viewpoints and voted to approve nonpartisan elections and the undoing of staggered election cycles.
The Tulsa Metro Chamber would also like to congratulate all of the fine men and women who ran successful campaigns for council seats in the city of Tulsa.
As the primary organization serving the regional business community we strive to keep our members informed about issues and candidates we feel will create a pro-business climate enhancing economic investment and leading to a greater quality of life for each and every one of our members.
Forum highlights opportunities of downtown Tulsa development
The event, moderated by David Kollmann, division president of Flintco, highlighted the rewards and challenges associated with downtown Tulsa development. Flintco and Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group, Inc. were the presenting sponsors.
“We are all in this together,” Delise Tomlinson, director of the Chamber’s downtown development program, said. “You are here because you are ready to play a role in downtown’s future.”
Lance Franczyk, Managing Partner of Northwestern Mutual Financial Group
Tori Snyder, Partner and President of Brickhugger LLC Director
Rose Washington Rentie, Executive Director of the
Elliot Nelson, Principal Owner and Founder of McNellies Group
Clay Bird, City of Tulsa Interim Economic Development Tulsa Economic Development Corp
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D2: Diversity and Dialogue
TYPros’ diversity crew will engage community members and attendees in a discussion of ways to enhance this community effort and ideas for showcasing this community effort to peers and audiences, especially when attracting and retaining world class talent and business.
Keynote speaker Tracy Brown, president of Diversity Trends, LLC and author of “Breaking the Barrier of Bias,” “71 Ways to Demonstrate Commitment to Diversity” and several audio-learning programs, will offer insight on ways to continue engaging diversity and inclusion efforts and launch Tulsa as a nationally-recognized diverse and inclusive community.
D2 will be held in the Vista Room at the Gilcrease Museum, 1400 N. Gilcrease Museum Rd., at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16.
The event is open to the public, free to attend and includes complimentary appetizers and a cash bar. Please RSVP to Shagah Zakerion at firstname.lastname@example.org or 918.560.0260.
Senator Sean Burrage chosen as Senator minority leader
Burrage was elected after the resignation of Sen. Andrew Rice, D-Oklahoma City, who is leaving his post. Rice's resignation is effective Jan. 15.
"With the resignation of Sen. Rice, I felt it was time for me to step forward," Burrage said. "I believe the state is entitled to an alternative voice to the majority. I am ready and willing to lead in that effort."
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What We’re Working OnExecutive Office
• Hosting the Regional Chamber Coalition meeting
• Hosting Washington D.C. Fly-in CEO’s
• Hosting City Councilor Elect Luncheon
Communications, Events and Marketing
• Hosting press conference announcing new jobs
• Planning annual mailer and annual report content
• Hosting Circuit Series 5.0 Roundtable Connection
• Attending 2011 Tulsa Global Entrepreneurship Week: What’s up in IP
• Attending NAIOP, Commercial Real Estate Development Association, November
• Meeting – Brady Arts District Program
• Oklahoma economic development institute in Indianapolis
• Hosting German Consul General for breakfast and then visiting two aerospace companies
• Participating in the Unmanned Systems Association of Oklahoma’s (USA-OK) board and general membership meeting
Education and Workforce
• Preparing local team for LEADs educational conference
• John Hope Franklin Dinner
• TYPros D2 event with Tracy Brown speaking
• Attending TRUST’s Congressional Forum with Senator Inhofe
• Hosting the newly-elected Tulsa City Councilors for a lunch-and-learn
• Presenting to the Regional Chambers Coalition and Tulsa’s Economic Development Commission
• BRIDGE Certification Committee meeting
• Round Table Connection
• Small Business Council Executive Meeting
Tulsa Sports Commission
• Big 12 Women’s Basketball Tournament presentation in Dallas on Wednesday Nov. 16th
• Planning for ABA BMX Grand Nationals Nov. 24th-27th
• Planning for supported events the weekend of Nov. 18-20: Route 66 Marathon, UYFA Sooner Classic, and World of Wrestling Kickoff Classic
• Hosting Diversity & Dialogue event on misperceptions of Tulsa
• The Forge participating in Global Entrepreneurship Week
• Strategic planning for 2012 Street Cred
• Coordinate and attend Team Tulsa
• Attend and exhibit at the National Coalition of Black Meeting Planners fall conference
• Attend the Green Country Executive Board Meeting
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.
Fioravanti Bison Ranch, LLC
Fioravanti Interventional/Diagnostic Radiology, PLLC
Holston Group LLC
Margaret Hudson Program
Tulsa Fraternal Order of Police
Natashia Abbage, Admissions Leader
14002 E. 21st St., Ste. 1050
Tulsa, OK 74134
Marc Childers, General Manager
8175 E. Skelly Drive
Tulsa, OK 74129
Anthony Fleming, Director
7807 S. Mingo Road
Tulsa, OK 74133
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