Chamber offices closed Monday, Jan. 2Chamber staff wishes you a prosperous 2012. As a reminder, the Tulsa Metro Chamber offices are closed today in recognition of the new year.
Tulsa region among nation’s top in 2011 job creation
Tulsa Metro Chamber reports significant job growth through Tulsa’s Future program
The Tulsa region leaped ahead of the nation in 2011, earning accolades for its impressive job creation, economic performance and more. Through the Tulsa Metro Chamber’s Tulsa’s Future plan, more than 8,200 jobs were created in 2011; of which more than 4,000 were above the initiative’s target income of $50,000 or greater, annually.
These 4,000 jobs supported addition income of more than $295 million.
“It takes a dynamic region that is committed to promoting business and to remaining business-friendly to ensure that companies are given every opportunity to grow and expand their workforces,” said Tulsa Metro Chamber President and CEO Mike Neal. “The Tulsa Metro Chamber and its many steadfast partners in economic development look forward to building upon the successes of this year to ensure the Tulsa area remains one of the nation’s top leaders in job creation.”
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Woody Guthrie center planned for downtown TulsaPlans are progressing for a downtown center at which the archives of legendary Oklahoma-born musician Woody Guthrie will be displayed.
The collection recently was purchased by the George Kaiser Family Foundation. The Tulsa Metro Chamber applauds the foundation for its work, which will, further boost development of the Brady District and of downtown as a whole.
The Woody Guthrie Center, 116 E. Brady Ave., is slated to open by the end of 2012. The center, part of the Mathews Warehouse project, will feature public displays from the archives as well as research space for scholars.
Nominations open for 2012 Crystal Star Small Business Awards
The nomination process for the Crystal Star Small Business Awards for 2012 has begun, and we need your help to find the rising stars of Tulsa's small business community.
Each year, Tulsa Metro Chamber's Small Business Awards honor the best and brightest of small business in the Tulsa area. Business members are invited to nominate an esteemed colleague to receive recognition for his or her business efforts. The awards consist of 10 categories.
All nominees must be Chamber members and in business a minimum of three years. All nominations will be considered and reviewed by the Small Business Awards Committee to verify nominees meet award criteria. Along with Tulsa-area recognition, winners are nominated for state-level awards with a chance to proceed to regional or national awards. Nominations will close on Jan. 27, so please submit nominations as soon as possible. The awards will be presented at the Chamber's annual awards luncheon.
For more, or to nominate now, click here.
For information, contact Annette Bowles at 918.560.0235 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Construction jobs are growing in Tulsa area
Tulsa is a leading metro area nationally for construction job growth, according to a recently-released report.
The growth is attributed largely to a booming oil and gas industry and health care and hospitality growth, according to a report released by Associated General Contractors of America.
Metropolitan Tulsa logged a 9 percent increase in construction jobs between November 2010 and November 2011, finishing the span with 22,000 jobs. About 1,800 construction jobs were added.
Read more from the Tulsa World here.
City of Tulsa to host neighborhood events to gather citizen feedback
Mayor Dewey Bartlett and the Tulsa City Council are bringing City Hall to Tulsa's neighborhoods.
Beginning Jan. 10, 2012, and continuing through May, the mayor and council will host City Hall In Your Neighborhood events in each of Tulsa's nine city council districts.
At the meeting, Tulsans can talk with the mayor, their district's council representative and city department staff to ask questions and receive information on city government services. Customer Care Center and Working in Neighborhood representatives will also be on hand to take reports or problems and concerns and generate service orders on the spot.
Each City Hall In Your Neighborhood event begins at 5:30 p.m.
. Dist 1 - Tuesday, January 10th at Rudisill Regional Library Ancestral Hall (1520 N Hartford Ave)
. Dist 2 - Monday, February 20th at ORU Mabee Center, Conference and Banquet Center (7777 S Lewis Ave)
. Dist 3 - Monday, March 5th at McClure Park Recreation Center (7449 E 7th St)
. Dist 4 - Monday, February 6th at Central Library, Aaronson Auditorium (400 Civic Center)
. Dist 5 - Tuesday, January 24th at Hale Jr. High Auditorium (2177 S 67th E Ave)
. Dist 6 - Monday, May 14th at Martin Regional Library (2601 S Garnett Rd)
. Dist 7 - Monday, March 26th at Hardesty Regional Library, Frossard Auditorium (8316 E 93rd St)
. Dist 8 - Tuesday, April 24th at Peggy V. Helmerich Library (5131 E 91st St)
. Dist 9 - Monday, April 30th at Whiteside Park Community Center (4009 S Pittsburgh Ave)
What we're working onExecutive
• Hosting Leadership Meeting for Regional Visioning & Community Outreach
• Meeting with 2012 County Commission Chairman John Smaligo
• Meeting with State Senator Mike Mazzei Discussing Upcoming Legislative Session & Tax Incentives
New Business Development
• Continue Lead Development Calls
• Finalize meeting times for Scheduled Appointments
Existing Business Development
• Meeting with resource partners to discuss strategies for entrepreneurship programs
• Working with manufacturer on expansion project
• Co-hosting Mayor’s Retention Breakfast for downtown business owners and corporate leaders
• Attending Institute for Organization Management Tucson
Tulsa Sports Commission
• Planning Bill Connor’s Dinner
• Discussing ideas for Spring Golf Tournament
• Working on Strike Night
• Planning for Annual Meeting Jan. 10
• Developing December/January Chamber Report
• Planning Street Cred 2012
• Hosting Pub Club at The Tropical
• Hosting Toast to TYPros orientation event
- Meeting with state legislators to discuss regional legislative priorities
- Discussing legislative roles and opportunities with the Tulsa City Council
- Developing strategy for the upcoming state legislative session
Education & Workforce
• Mayor’s Mentoring Breakfast featuring Dr. John Michael Lee from College Board
• Meeting with Tulsa Engineering Foundation to continue discussion about engineer talent pipeline
• Meeting with Michael Noshay of East Central HS to discuss connecting with business/industry to create networking opportunities for students
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.
Employee Benefit Professionals, LLC
G3 Consultancy and Advisory, LLC
Insight International Inc.
Top That Pizza
West Termite & Pest Management