Economic development division earns international recognition, Tulsa’s Future accomplishments praised
The Tulsa Metro Chamber’s economic development division has received one of the highest distinctions for a program of its kind, accreditation through the International Economic Development Council’s Accredited Economic Development Organization process. The Tulsa Metro Chamber’s economic development program is the 31st recipient worldwide of the honor.
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The awards ceremony for the Tulsa Metro Chamber took place during its annual meeting for the Tulsa’s Future regional economic development plan. The Tulsa’s Future Annual Meeting included an overview of the program’s 2011 accomplishments, as well as a look ahead and an economic outlook. Oklahoma Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb and Commerce Secretary Dave Lopez were among the featured speakers at the event.
Lt. Gov. Lamb lauded the accomplishments of Tulsa’s Future, emphasizing the role the Tulsa region plays in the state’s economic development efforts.
“Tulsa’s future is Oklahoma’s future,” Lamb said, adding that “Tulsa is the key economic variable in the equation of success for our state.”
Click here to read more about the Tulsa’s Future plan and its accomplishments to date.
Chamber members have two opportunities to impact Tulsa regional community this week
Don’t miss Regional Day at the Capitol Wednesday
The Tulsa Metro Chamber invites anyone interested in the future of the Tulsa region to join us for the 2012 Tulsa Regional Day at the Capitol. Attend to hear from state officials and Chamber leaders on issues affecting the Tulsa region; enjoy lunch; and participate in group lobbying activities with legislators.
The event, sponsored by George Kaiser Family Foundation and LaFarge, is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday, April 25 at the State Capitol's second floor rotunda in Oklahoma City. Cost to attend is $49 for members and includes lunch. Group rates are available.
A charter bus will be provided at no cost; seating is limited. To register, call 918.560.0212, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or register online at TulsaChamber.com.
The Chamber’s legislative benefactors include AT&T, Cox Communications, State Farm and Williams.
Tulsa County, chambers and cities present enVision Summit Friday
Regional leaders and the community-at-large will convene this Friday to discuss and construct future plans for the region. Hosted by Tulsa County, and co-chaired by the regional cities and area mayors in partnership with regional chambers, the enVision Summit will engage citizens in self-motivated and vigorous deliberations about how to advance the region.
The event is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to noon, this Friday, April 27 at Central Park Hall at Expo Square, 4145 E. 21st St. New ideas will be gathered at the Summit, and those interested in the future of the region are encouraged to attend and participate.
There is no cost to attend. Register online at www.envisionsummit.org.
Resource Campaign volunteers set week-one record
The 2012 Resource Campaign finished its first week by setting a week-one record of $1,695,229. This incredible achievement belongs to the campaign’s 190 volunteers and leadership, including campaign chair Mike Thornbrugh, QuikTrip Corp.; campaign co-chair Dave Kollmann, Flintco, LLC; and vice chairs Wade Edmundson, Summit Bank; Kirk Hays, Arvest Bank; Bruce Heine, Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P.; Marilyn Ihloff, Ihloff Salon & Day Spa; and David Stratton, JPMorgan Chase.
The 2012 Resource Campaign leadership team set a goal to raise $2.9 million during the 10-week campaign, which annually contributes approximately 25 percent of the Chamber’s total budget. The Tulsa Metro Chamber’s Resource Campaign is the second highest grossing campaign in the nation each year, and plays a major role in the organization’s strength and ability to deliver business-building events and benefits to members.
“The volunteers’ incredible work sets the pace for the remaining nine weeks, and I am confident this will be a Resource Campaign to remember,” Thornbrugh said.
TYPros gears up for summer intern series
Tulsa’s Young Professionals is gearing up for this year’s class of summer interns. TYPros presents a series of events for interns annually to help retain talented young professionals in the Tulsa region. This year’s program includes the Tulsa Big Wheel Race on June 7, a trolley tour of Tulsa on June 28 and an intern night at ONEOK Field for a Driller’s game on July 19. All of the events are free to attend, but space is limited.
Information to RSVP will be made available to interns and HR representatives as the event dates approach. Click here to view the summer intern flier and save these dates on your calendar.
TYPros encourages employers to incorporate internships into their business model or expand current internship programs as a way to attract young talent to Tulsa. For more information on TYPros’ intern initiatives visit www.internintulsa.com.
Work begins on bridges along Broken Arrow Expressway
The Oklahoma Department of Transportation is beginning work along the Broken Arrow Expressway, bringing upgrades and repairs to several bridge decks.
The $2.7 million project includes replacing the east- and west-bound bridge decks over Pittsburg Avenue between Harvard and Yale avenues and the bridge deck on the eastbound lane that passes over railroad tracks about a half mile east of Yale Avenue. The work is expected to take about eight months.
In the current federal fiscal year ODOT has scheduled $95 million in construction projects for an 11-county area of northeast Oklahoma that includes Tulsa County.
What we’re working onExecutive Offices
Attending the Industrial Asset Management Council Meeting in Austin, Texas
Hosting the Oklahoma POP press conference in Oklahoma City
Hosting Tulsa Regional Day at the Capitol in Oklahoma City
Hosting the Legislative Briefing Breakfast
New Business Development
Attending the Governor’s Unmanned Aerial Systems Council Meeting
Attending CoreNet conference in San Diego
Hosting a Regional Aerospace Networking Reception
Existing Business Development
Attending Tulsa Regional Day at the Capitol
Meeting with manufacturer regarding growth in research facility
Meeting with manufacturer regarding expansion and consolidation needs
Marketing and Communications
Preparing press conference for OKPOP museum
Assisting with enVision Summit preparations
Finalizing scripts for various events
Presenting at the Annual Conference of Accountants
Attending the Rotary Club of Tulsa dedication of Rotary Plaza on Williams Center Green
Tulsa Sports Commission
Following up from NASC Symposium
Event bid preparation
AC Milan Heartland Cup planning
Education and Workforce
Presenting Tulsa Area Schools Community Schools Initiative (TACSi) information about Tulsa’s Talent Dividend work
Attending brainstorming session for TCC’s Corporate & Continuing Education planning
Attending OKHR State Conference and co-chair of “Night at the Museum” social event
Co-Chairing four-state chamber executive conference
Continuing to work on the 2012 Resource Campaign
Tulsa’s Young Professionals
Assembling table facilitators for enVision Summit
Participating in Tulsa Regional Day at the Capitol
Working to create new programming for The Forge tenants
Hosting Tulsa Regional Day at the Capitol
Hosting Legislative Briefing Breakfast
Attending the enVision Summit
Hosting a site visit for LifeWay Christian Resources
Promoting Tulsa to corporate meeting planners at Collaborate Marketplace in Las Vegas
Attending the U.S. Travel Association International Pow Wow in Los Angeles
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.
Benchmark Machine Tools, LLC
Beverly A. Atteberry, P.C.
Blue Bison Properties, LLC
City Veterinary Hospital
Dukes Southern Kitchen
Euphoria Spa & Salon
Mathis Brothers Furniture
Mental Health Association in Tulsa
Russell Stover – Utica Square
Russell Stover – South Tulsa
Sandusky Avenue Christian Church
The Oklahoma Center of Empowerment
Vortex Parts Washer