Tulsa region included on list of leading global metro economies
The Tulsa region recently was ranked among the world’s leading metropolitan economies for income and employment growth throughout 2010 and 2011, earning a spot on the Brookings Institution’s top 100 metro economies report.
Tulsa placed 73rd in the Global MetroMonitor, part of Brookings’ Metropolitan Policy Program.
Fifty-seven U.S. metros are included in the report. The report analyzes data on gross domestic product, employment, income (per capita GDP), and population, among other factors.
Most of the rapidly-growing metros lie outside the United States and Western Europe.
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QuikTrip Corp. once again included on list of best companies to work for
QuikTrip Corp. has once again earned a place on Fortune magazine's list of the "100 Best Companies to Work For.”
Tulsa-based QuikTrip, which has been included in the list for 10 years in a row, is ranked No. 66. To compile its list, Fortune partnered with the Great Place to Work Institute to conduct an extensive employee survey.
“We congratulate Chet Cadieux and QuikTrip on once again earning a spot among the nation’s best companies to work for,” said Mike Neal, Tulsa Metro Chamber president and CEO. “QuikTrip has built a legacy of quality and success and continues to garner recognition for its impressive accomplishments.”
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VisitTulsa introduces new housing software to clientsLast quarter, VisitTulsa announced the implementation of a new housing software to improve clients’ interface experience when booking group travel to Tulsa. That software is officially in use this month as groups begin making hotel reservations for more than 3,000 attendees traveling to Tulsa April 15 for the SKILLS USA 2012 Annual Leadership Conference. The GroupMAX ME software allows users to easily access needed information and offers an enhanced level of service to VisitTulsa customers.
VisitTulsa is also working to roll out the VisitTulsa and Tulsa Sports Commission PartnerNet for hotel and attractions partners. This program allows these partner hotels and attractions to view and respond to leads and service requests online. The PartnerNet is one component of VisitTulsa’s investment in simpleView CRM, the industry standard in client relations management software for destination marketing organizations.
The PartnerNet will streamline VisitTulsa and the Tulsa Sports Commission’s internal processes for completing requests or bids for exciting events and conferences considering Tulsa’s outstanding hotels and facilities as their next destination.
Oklahoma lawmakers gear up for a busy 2012 sessionThe Oklahoma legislature will consider more than 2,000 new pieces of law this year as the deadline for bill filing closed last week with 962 bills and 26 joint resolutions filed by State House members, and 972 bills and 45 joint resolutions filed by Senate members. The 2012 session begins Feb. 6.
The 2012 session will include a number of topics including taxes, natural resources and more. A few issues from 2011 will also carry over into this year’s session as unfinished business. The Tulsa Metro Chamber will host a legislative reception and press conference this Thursday, Jan. 26 to announce the 2012 OneVoice agenda and prepare its membership for another exciting session for Tulsa’s business community.
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Fort Worth Star Telegram article highlights Tulsa-area efforts to retain American Airlines’ local operations The Fort Worth Star-Telegram has published a column that focuses on recent efforts made by the Tulsa region to assist American Airlines in retaining its operations in the region.
The article highlights the region’s unity and the cohesion across many sectors in working to find the best outcome for American and northeastern Oklahoma.
Included in the article was a reference to the Chamber-organized press conference in January and the number of regional and state leaders who participated.
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What We're Working OnExecutive Offices
Hosting Chamber’s Executive Committee Meeting
Hosting State Chamber of Oklahoma and Oklahoma City Chamber for a 2012 Collaboration Meeting
Presenting at Tulsa City Council Urban & Economic Development Meeting
Hosting Regional K-12 Superintendents & Business Leaders Meeting
Hosting OneVoice Press Conference & Tulsa Regional Legislative Reception at Summit Club
New Business Development
Attend the Tulsa Regional Legislative Reception
Attend the Governor’s Unmanned Aerial Systems Council Meeting
Attending Site Selectors Guild conference
Existing Business Development
Meeting with regional economic development partners
Attending monthly Tulsa Area Manufacturing Alliance meeting
Meeting with manufacturer regarding infrastructure needs
Marketing and Communications
Planning & Hosting One Voice Press Conference
Planning Business After Hours
Facilitating Member Branding Campaign
Meeting with downtown business prospect to provide an update on current development and possible site locations.
Meeting with downtown developer to discuss status of projects.
Small Business Forum
Facilitating Legislative Committee meeting
Attending Tulsa Regional Legislative Summit
Tulsa Sports Commission
ABC Helms Briscoe annual convention in Reno, NV
Planning for events is ongoing- AC Milan Heartland Cup, Bassmaster Classic, and various others
Ongoing event bid preparation
Education and Workforce
PIE Fall/Winter newsletter
Meetings with Workforce Oklahoma/OESC staff in Tulsa, Sand Springs and Sapulpa to discuss collaboration and coordination of services for employers
Meeting to discuss healthcare workforce development, intermediary and expansion of training programs
Tulsa’s Young Professionals
Hosting family friendly event with author Tammi Sauer
Organizing Street Cred 2012 press conference
Holding training seminar for non-profit board interns
Finalizing strategy on top regional priorities for the 2012 state legislative session
Hosting Tulsa Metro Chamber Regional Legislative Reception
Attending regional chamber annual meetings and banquets
Rolling out the VisitTulsa/Tulsa Sports Commission PartnerNet to hotel and attractions partners
Wrapping up development of the first group to utilize the GroupMAX housing service
Promoting Tulsa at the Helms Brisco in Reno, NV to over 3,000 Planners
Attending and exhibiting at Religious Conference Management Association
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.
Construction Consultants of Tulsa
La Quinta Inn & Suites - Catoosa
Mansion House Apartments
Professional Grounds Management Corp.
Sprouse Shrader Smith PC
Terminix - Commercial Division
Verizon Wireless – Southroads
Scott Caul, Store Manager
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