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Chamber to inaugurate Jake Henry Jr., Wednesday
Gilcrease Expressway, a OneVoice priority, sees progress
Borets-Weatherford breaks ground on R&D center, plans workforce expansion
Tulsa to host 2013 Bassmaster Classic Feb. 22-24
TYPros raises $9,000 for YWCA Tulsa
Legislature elects Speaker of the House, Senate President Pro Tempore
U.S. Chamber CEO delivers State of American Business
Economic Development News
Stand for Children CEO addresses community about dropout prevention
What we’re working on


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Chamber to inaugurate Jake Henry Jr., Wednesday

The Tulsa Regional Chamber will formally inaugurate Jake Henry Jr., president and CEO of Saint Francis Health System, to succeed Becky J. Frank, chairman and CEO of Schnake Turnbo Frank | PR, as the 2013 chair of the Chamber’s board of directors at its Annual Meeting on Wednesday.

More than 1,200 area business, community and civic leaders will attend as Frank passes the torch to Henry. Also planned for the annual meeting is a video presentation featuring a review of 2012 accomplishments, an awards presentation and Henry’s inaugural address unveiling the Chamber’s primary initiatives for 2013.

Seats are sold out for the event.

Gilcrease Expressway, a OneVoice priority, sees progress

The long-overdue development of Tulsa’s Gilcrease Expressway celebrated the next big step toward completion of the transportation system: a new bridge.

The Gilcrease Expressway and Bridge are listed in the Chamber’s OneVoice priorities for the 2013 session.

“This infrastructure will allow the Tulsa region to expand,” said Chris Benge, the Chamber’s senior vice president of government affairs. “We’re a growing community, and this type of infrastructure is necessary to allow new developments, new housing and new commerce to grow. Funding this project is a top priority for the Chamber.”

The planned expressway will travel through west Tulsa and connect with Interstate 44 to the south. The bridge is planned to cross the Arkansas River near 57th West Avenue.

Borets-Weatherford breaks ground on R&D center, plans workforce expansion

Energy sector manufacturing firm Borets-Weatherford broke ground today on a new research and development (R&D) center and announced plans to expand its Tulsa-region workforce. The Tulsa Regional Chamber assisted in the announcement.

Borets-Weatherford is constructing a 15,000-square-foot R&D lab, and plans to add at least 30 employees in northeast Oklahoma. The new lab is a continuing investment in R&D that will provide the capability for full scope and automated testing of pumps, motors and motor seals.

“We are eager to get this state-of-the-art R&D Lab completed as part of our long-term strategy to be the leader in bringing new equipment and technology to the electric submersible pumping system market,” said Borets-Weatherford U.S., Inc. President & CEO Kim Arnold.

Tulsa to host 2013 Bassmaster Classic Feb. 22-24

The Tulsa Sports Commission will host the 2013 Bassmaster Classic, presented by Hard Rock Casino Tulsa, Feb. 22-24. Fifty-three anglers will compete for more than $1 million in winnings in the championship of bass fishing, right here in Tulsa.

There are several opportunities to attend the three-day angling competition – all at no cost. The competition will take place on Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees, with daily boat launches from Wolf Creek at 7 a.m. Each day concludes with a live weigh-in at the BOK Center. Doors open each day at 3 p.m. for open seating. In addition, attendees can visit the Tulsa Convention Center for the Outdoor Expo, featuring the best and coolest fishing gear.

The Bassmaster Classic is expected to bring $26 million in economic impact to the area, with 100,000 people predicted to attend. For more information, go to TulsaSports.org/Bassmaster.

TYPros raises $9,000 for YWCA Tulsa

Tulsa’s Young Professionals’ 2012 chair Kate Hoback presented a check to the YWCA last week for funds raised throughout 2012. Overall, TYPros members donated $9,000 in cash, in-kind donations and more than 1,500 volunteer hours.

“We at the YWCA can’t say thank you enough for the support Tulsa’s Young Professionals gave us in 2012,” said Felicia Collins Correia, CEO of YWCA Tulsa. “The community partnership has been beneficial and we hope to continue a relationship with TYPros, and the many individual relationships which were formed this year, well into the future.”

TYPros raised money and provided volunteers at a variety of YWCA events, including the annual Wine, Women and Shoes, The Race Against Racism and Stand Against Racism. TYPros members also brought donations to monthly Pub Clubs, TYPros 360 events and hosted its second annual Big Wheel fundraiser.

For more information about TYPros events or the annual community partner, visit www.typros.org.

Legislature elects Speaker of the House, Senate President Pro Tempore

Rep. T.W. Shannon
House Speaker

Brian Bingman 
President Pro Tempore
The House and Senate met last week for a final day of housekeeping before the start of session on Feb. 4, where they officially elected Rep. T.W. Shannon as House Speaker, and Sen. Brian Bingman the President Pro Tempore.

Shannon is the youngest and first black lawmaker to hold the position. Bingman will continue his position as President Pro Temp, leading the 48-member upper chamber.

“The 2013 session is soon to kick off,” said Chamber President and CEO Mike Neal. “With Speaker Shannon and President Pro Temp Bingman leading the House and Senate, we are sure to see a number of pro-business reforms come to fruition. With these two capable individuals at the reins, I’m confident Oklahoma will benefit from positive legislation that encourages job growth and economic development.”

U.S. Chamber CEO delivers State of American Business

CEO of the United States Chamber Tom Donohue delivered the State of American Business last week, outlining five priorities for 2013.

The American Jobs and Growth agenda aims to encourage commonsense reforms to generate economic growth, create jobs and expand opportunities for all Americans.

In 2013, the U.S. Chamber will focus on producing more American energy; expanding American trade; modernizing the nation’s regulatory system; reforming immigration and visa policies; and addressing the fiscal crisis with a plan to slow the growth of spending, reform entitlements and overhaul the tax code.

To watch Donohue’s speech, click here.

Economic Development News

2012 Census measures business, economy
Nearly 4 million businesses have received forms for the 2012 Economic Census, the U.S. Government’s official five-year measure of American business and the economy. Tulsa-region businesses that have received Economic Census forms can access online resources to assist in completion of required forms by the Feb. 12 deadline.

Get help with forms and report online at econhelp.census.gov 
• Learn all about the Economic Census at business.census.gov
• Mark your calendar for a webinar at noon on Jan. 24 to receive further instruction about the 2012 Economic Census and how to respond. Visit business.census.gov/webinar for more information.

Tulsa-area unemployment falls
Job growth showed significant gains in the Tulsa region for November, and the unemployment rate fell to 5.1 percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission.

November’s unemployment rate was down from 5.6 percent in October. For the same month in 2011, the unemployment rate was 6.7 percent. Tulsa Regional Chamber Economist Bob Ball's forecast for 2013 calls for employment to grow by 1.8 percent in the Tulsa region.

Volunteer with the Chamber BRE program
Chamber members are invited to sign up as a volunteer for the Chamber’s award-winning regional Business Retention and Expansion program online by clicking here or by visiting the Chamber’s economic development website.

Nominations open for Crystal Star Small Business Awards
Each year, Tulsa Regional Chamber’s Crystal Star Small Business Awards honor the best and brightest of small business in the Tulsa area. Nominations are open for the 2013 awards. Chamber-member businesses are encouraged to nominate a leading Tulsa-region small business by Feb. 4. For nomination guidelines, packet instructions and an online nomination form, click here.

For additional information, e-mail Heather Davis, the Chamber’s executive director of small business, at heatherdavis@tulsachamber.com.

Stand for Children CEO addresses community about dropout prevention

Jonah Edelman, CEO and co-founder of Stand for Children, addressed more than 100 community members last week at a Chamber-hosted summit on the importance of keeping students in school through graduation. Edelman stated three elements he believes to be keys to success: protecting the common core standards, lengthening the school year and advocating for more funding.

"Stand for Children will be a great partner at the legislature as we try to secure more funding for education," said Susan Harris, senior vice president of education and workforce at the Tulsa Regional Chamber.

Stand for Children is a nationwide advocacy group; the Oklahoma affiliate opened at the beginning of the year and will be led by former TPS board chair Brian Hunt.

For more information about Stand for Children Oklahoma, click here.

What we’re working on

Executive Offices
Meeting with Oklahoma Congressional delegation in Washington, D.C.
Meeting with State Home Builders Association
Presenting at Tulsa Economic Development Commission monthly meeting
Attending Chamber’s Annual Meeting and Inauguration of Jake Henry Jr.
Attending Metropolitan Tulsa Urban League annual meeting

New Business Development
Assisting with groundbreaking for new research and development facility
Submitting industrial RFP
Attending press conference for new project

Existing Business Development
Attending the Governor’s Unmanned Aerial Systems Council
Attending the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International press event at the State Capitol
Attending U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Robotic Aircraft for Public Safety program demonstration

Marketing, Communications and Events
Hosting the Chamber’s Annual Meeting and Inauguration of Jake Henry Jr.
Assisting with a company expansion announcement
Assisting Tulsa Sports Commission with a new event bid collateral piece

Government Affairs
Attending Northeast Oklahoma regional legislative tour and luncheon
Attending TYPros: Leadership through Legislation Event
Presenting at Native American Chamber of Commerce - Tulsa Chapter luncheon

Resource Development
Working on 2013 Resource Campaign sponsorships
Conducting 2013 reinvestment meetings with Tulsa’s Future investors
Membership evaluation and prospecting

Education and Workforce
Hosting Mosaic’s 2013 kickoff meeting
Finalizing plans for the I-9 Compliance Workshop on Jan. 18
Finalizing event plans for the Mayor’s Mentoring Breakfast Jan. 30

Small Business
Presenting SourceLink discussion to SBA office in Oklahoma City
SourceLink presentation at Rogers State University
Attending the Small Business Marketing Committee meeting

Government Relations Crew is hosting Leadership through Legislation
Next Generation Leadership Crew is hosting LED series
Planning 2013 fundraisers for Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa 

Chamber welcomes new businesses

Each month the Tulsa Regional Chamber's Hospitality Club welcomes new businesses and new Chamber members to the community by assisting with ribbon cuttings and groundbreaking announcements.

New members
918 Chiropractic
Design Your Site
T-Mobile, USA
Tate Law Firm
Wagoner Chamber of Commerce

Ribbon cuttings

Riverbend Gardens
Ms. Sheila Taylor, Property Manager
611 W. 11th Street
Tulsa, OK 74127
(918) 895-8644

Jimmy's Egg
Mr. Jason Prout, Area Development Partner
3202 S. Memorial Dr., Ste. 7
Tulsa, OK 74145
(918) 749-3447

Fast-Fix Jewelry and Watch Repairs
Mr. Lyndall Edwards, Owner
Woodland Hills Mall
7021 S. Memorial Dr., Ste. 264C
Tulsa, OK 74133
(918) 249-0360

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