Chamber to increase efforts to develop downtown
Tulsa Metro Chamber is creating a downtown development program as a part of its economic development division.
ďWith projects like ONEOK Field, BOK Center and the newly remodeled Tulsa Convention Center, it is an ideal time to capitalize on development potential in the downtown area,Ē said Chamber President and CEO Mike Neal. ďStudy after study shows a strong, diverse downtown area is key to economic growth and job creation in a metro region.Ē
The Chamber is conducting a national search to hire an experienced program director with a successful track record of developing downtowns. The new director will lead the economic development divisionís efforts to aggressively recruit developers interested in capital investment.
The Chamberís downtown development staff will work closely with city officials to navigate building codes and regulations to ensure smooth, efficient and timely completion of projects. In addition, the Chamber will maintain involvement and interaction with the City of Tulsaís Downtown Coordinating Council and other organizations with a mission directed toward the growth and improvement of downtown Tulsa.
The new program will cost an estimated $260,000 for the first year and will be funded through Tulsaís Future, the chamberís privately funded economic development program. The Chamberís downtown efforts will be dedicated solely to development and will not manage parades, street cleaning or general maintenance.
Click here to read an article about the new program in todayís Tulsa World.
Tulsa company wins Oklahoma Small Business Award
The Oklahoma District of the Small Business Administration will present the Family-Owned Small Business of the Year award to Tulsa-based York Electronic Systems at its 2010 Oklahoma Small Business Awards luncheon, scheduled for Tuesday, April 6 at Rose State College in Midwest City.
Steve York (center) of York Electronic Systems was honored as Tulsa Metro Chamberís 2009 Family-Owned Business Champion. His company is up for a state-level award next month.
Steve York, CEO and board of directors president, won Tulsa Metro Chamberís 2009 Family-Owned Business Champion award and thus qualified for the state SBA awards. York, his wife Judith, and their daughter, Jennifer Jezek, who currently serves as president of the company, will accept the award. Started more than 25 years ago, York Electronic Systems has emerged as one of the top systems integration firms in the region.
Training groups for Tulsa Tough now forming
The fifth annual Tulsa Tough Ride & Race is scheduled for June 4-6, 2010, and training groups are forming now.
The three-day cycling event features tour rides and races for every skill level. The Tulsa Bicycle Club is hosting training rides for Oklahoma Freewheel and Tulsa Tough each week to help riders train and prepare for the event. For more information and training†ride locations,†visit tulsabicycleclub.com or download the TBC Training Rides schedule located here.
Tulsa Tough Ride & Race, created in 2006 by the Tulsa Sports Commission and the Tulsa Wheelmen, is designed for new and experienced riders through competitive races and tour rides showcasing the beautiful city of Tulsa and surrounding communities. Riders, racers and spectators can participate in a number of events and activities from professional-level races, recreation and tour rides, kids and youth activities to live music and vendors during the three-day cycling event.
Add Tulsa Tough as a friend on facebook and follow @tulsa_tough on twitter for updated news and information about the event. To learn more about the three-day cycling event, visit tulsatough.com.
Tulsa Tough Ride & Race is designed to promote fitness and healthy lifestyles and is a qualifying activity in the Mayorís Million Miles program.
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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