The Tulsa Chamber mailed a candidate questionnaire to each mayoral and city council candidate last month to elicit responses on specific issues of importance to the Tulsa business community and quality of life. The returned surveys have been posted on the Tulsa Chamber Web site under “Candidate Questionnaires” in the “Legislative” section.
The Tulsa Metro Chamber does not endorse or oppose any candidate; the only goal of the Chamber is to help inform voters before heading to the primary polls on Sept. 8.
There are several other resources that may be helpful as you prepare to head to the polls:
To find your district click here or visit the Tulsa City Council Web site.
Tulsa County Absentee Ballot Request Form
Federal Voting Assistance Program ( Military and overseas voters only)
Tulsa County Precinct List
Elected Officials List
For more information about how and where to register to vote, visit the Tulsa County Election Board office located at 555 North Denver Ave. Registration applicant cutoffs are 24 days before each election and the deadline for the primary election was last Friday.
Persons making application to register to vote are not registered until a voter identification card is mailed to the voter. Absentee ballots by mail may be requested through the Wednesday before the election until 5 p.m. In-person absentee voting is available at the Tulsa County Election Board on Friday and Monday before all elections from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. For federal and state elections, in-person absentee voting is additionally available on Saturday from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
For additional information call the Tulsa County Election Board office at 918.596.5787.
CVB hosting familiarization tour
FAM tour attendees will spend two and a half days exploring Tulsa facilities, attractions and venues for consideration when planning meetings and conventions. Stops on the tour include the renovated Convention Center, Mayo Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel and Casino and Expo Square among others.
The CVB regularly hosts out-of-town meeting facilitators in an effort to familiarize them with Tulsa and its potential as an event destination.
Chamber, City showcase Tulsa as location for business expansion
“This was a premier opportunity to showcase Tulsa’s arts and economic development prospects to the cultural and commerce center of America,” said Mayor Kathy Taylor, city of Tulsa.
Utilizing Mayor Taylor, Gov. Brad Henry and First Lady Kim Henry as hosts, the groups hosted a reception following the opening performance for site-location consultants and executives of headquarters based in New York City.
“We are showcasing our internationally-known Tulsa Ballet to corporate representatives who advise executives on the best cities for placing new facilities and holding events,” said Taylor. “When we meet with site-selection consultants, we are furthering our goals to attract a quality workforce and jobs to Tulsa. It creates new opportunities for our citizens, city and our local and regional economy.”
Attendees of the event included representatives from nine New York-based companies. Mike Neal, president and CEO of the Tulsa Metro Chamber, said economic development is not simply about data, but also about building relationships.
“The entire nation is looking at Tulsa. The Tulsa region has one of the lowest costs of doing business in the nation, a low cost of living and a high per capita income. We’ve been selected as the No. 1 location in America to relocate and during this U.S. recession, now more than ever, it is important to capitalize on opportunities to tell our story,” said Neal. “This event not only changed perceptions of the Tulsa region, but grew interest. It’s a new era of economic development, and together with partners like Oklahoma Department of Commerce, the Chamber is making sure the nation knows we are open for business.”
Tulsa Ballet presented seven performances at New York City's Joyce Theater — the only theater in the Big Apple devoted entirely to dance. The last time the company performed in New York was 1983. The New Yorker magazine promoted the event and reported, “…for regional ballet companies, a season at the Joyce is a rite of passage and recognition of success.”
Call for restaurants
Approximately 700 Tulsa area business leaders will attend the annual event to sample the finest dishes from Tulsa restaurants, network with their peers and celebrate the record-breaking BOK Center’s successful first year.
Also for the first time this year, the event will feature live music by local band, Fall Risk.
For more information or to sign up as a participating restaurant, please contact Elaine Walsh at 918.560.0298 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chamber, TPS seeking participants for Partners In Education
“With a new school year now under way, it is the perfect time to become a partner,” said Susan Harris, senior vice president of education and workforce for the Tulsa Metro Chamber. “Partners In Education is the ultimate public-private partnership involving the largest school district in Oklahoma serving more than 41,000 children in pre-K through 12th grade.”
Through Partners In Education, community organizations are matched with individual schools, multiple schools or the entire Tulsa Public Schools district to provide resources through volunteers, cash and in-kind contributions including professional expertise and access to other resources, all of which assist schools in filling gaps not covered by school funding.
The Chamber’s goal for the program is to reach 1,350 partners by the end of the 2009-2010 academic year. To learn more or to become a partner, contact Heather Johnson at 560.0218 or email@example.com.
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