Support ONEOK Field -- attend the Tulsa City Council meeting on Thursday
After more than 18 months since its inception, and six months after breaking ground, this week the Tulsa City Councilors will consider the last step to make ONEOK Field and a downtown baseball stadium a reality.
Join supporters of ONEOK Field and downtown revitalization at the City Council meeting on Thursday, June 4 at 6 pm as the councilors vote on the tax assessment district that will supply the public contribution to the ballpark.
Tulsa City Council Meeting
Thursday, June 4
One Technology Center,
2nd Floor 175 E 2nd Street
ONEOK Field will open in spring 2010. Visit www.oneokfield.com and click on the live Web cam to see the latest progress on its construction.
Secure a sponsorship today
Merely eight days are left in the Tulsa Chamber's annual Resource Campaign to secure prime sponsorship opportunities through Chamber programs and events.
The Chamber set a $2.3 million goal at the 10-week campaign’s onset, which is returned to members in the form of business-building events and initiatives benefiting the entire region.
By sponsoring events and programs sold through the Resource Campaign, local businesses and organizations are ensured prime advertising real estate to the Chamber’s broad audience reaching as far as Washington, D.C.
Beyond the promotional benefit, involvement in the Chamber’s Resource Campaign is an opportunity to strengthen the Tulsa region by supporting an organization working on behalf of workforce attraction, economic development, business retention, government affairs and much more to continue growth in the Tulsa region.
Take advantage of the opportunity to boost business and the region. To learn more about available sponsorships or trade opportunities with the Tulsa Metro Chamber, contact Karen Humphrey, campaign director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 560-0250.
This annual campaign contributes approximately 23 percent of the Chamber's total annual budget.
Tulsa Tough reaches event celebrity status
In its fourth year, Tulsa Tough, sponsored by The Children’s Hospital at Saint Francis, hit a new level of event status among cycling enthusiasts.
With its inclusion on the National Racing Calendar, significant prize money awarded, challenging courses, and abundance of events and activities, the three-day cycling festival received high marks and words of praise from professional racers to first-timers.
Missouri native and national champion racer, Brad Huff, won two races over the weekend and was quoted in the Tulsa World commenting on the event’s importance to the region.
“This is a local race that is national in scope,” Huff said. “Events like this in Tulsa are getting us a foothold in places where we didn't have a place before.
“You know, there is a tremendous amount of bicycle-racing talent in this area. There are a lot of very good cyclists all over this region. So, an event like this in Tulsa helps everyone. It helps us racers to stay close to home. And it helps our sport to grow.”
Testament to Huff’s words was the number of participants from across the nation who came to Tulsa for the event. Approximately 1,500 racers competed for $150,000 in prize money and 2,500 riders took part in several tours over the festival.
“This is a great event for Tulsa and we are thrilled with the growth we’ve seen this year,” said Mike Dodson, executive director of the Tulsa Sports Commission. “This event allows us to showcase our great city while promoting health and fitness, and it is only going to continue to grow in years to come.”
By attracting some of bicycle racing’s top names, many fans of the sport and spectators were in town for a front row seat to watch the action-packed races occur through Tulsa’s popular arts and entertainment districts including Brady District, Blue Dome District and River Parks.
Among the racing celebrities in town, was international champion and former Lance Armstrong teammate Floyd Landis who arrived early to give a presentation at City Hall the day before racing began. Making his debut in Oklahoma, Landis also greeted fans and signed autographs before racing Friday night.
The three-day event officially kicked off with a press conference at The Children’s Hospital at Saint Francis where John-Kelly C. Warren, CEO of the William K. Warren Foundation, and Jake Henry Jr., CEO of Saint Francis Health System, introduced the newly branded Tulsa Tough racing team making their event debut. The two also addressed the importance of the event in promoting health and wellness across the region and specifically to kids through the Tough Kids program.
Read about race results in this Tulsa World article or visit www.tulsatough.com.
Chamber announces new vice president of economic development
Jim Fram, the Chamber’s senior vice president of economic development, announced last week the selection of Justin McLaughlin as the new vice president of economic development leading new job and capital investment projects. McLaughlin currently serves as interim president of the Bartlesville Development Corporation where he has assisted in rebuilding Bartlesville’s downtown development program and other business development projects. He joined the organization in 2007 as director of business development and was then promoted to vice president of economic development.
“Justin McLaughlin is an excellent addition to the Tulsa Metro Chamber team,” Fram said. “He is a successful professional developer who I am confident will elevate our project management and success rate to a new level.”
A native Oklahoman, McLaughlin holds a business finance degree from the University of Central Oklahoma and is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute. After graduating from UCO, he joined the Boeing Company as a business and planning analyst to work on integrated defense systems programs. McLaughlin has also served as business development specialist for the Oklahoma Department of Commerce, assisting the organization with relocating companies to Oklahoma.
“I am excited to be joining such a quality organization,” McLaughlin said. “With its many great assets, the Tulsa area is positioned for significant growth, and I look forward to assisting with growing the Tulsa area.”
McLaughlin begins work at Tulsa Metro Chamber on Monday, June 15.
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.
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