Chamber leaders led a group to Washington in May where they met with the Oklahoma senator lending full support to his initiatives to begin development of the Arkansas River.
“U.S. Sen. Inhofe has remained steadfast to a goal of seeing the Arkansas River be utilized as this region’s greatest natural asset and we at the Chamber have continued to support his efforts marking it as one of our top federal priorities on the OneVoice agenda each year,” said Mike Neal, Tulsa Metro Chamber president and CEO. “We celebrated in the 2009 session when funding for the low-water dams won approval for a second time and we will continue to champion any and all efforts at the state and nation’s capitols to see progress made on a project that once realized will have a tremendous positive impact on this entire region.”
The measure is now headed to a floor vote and once approved and signed into law, it will enable the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to participate in the ecosystem restoration, recreation and flood damage reduction components of the Tulsa County Arkansas River Corridor Master Plan as reported in the Tulsa World.
Construction of the dams has been estimated to cost $100 million in 2008. About $85 million in local, state and federal funds has been either allocated or authorized for the project.
To read the full Tulsa World article, click here.
Chamber appoints executive to oversee downtown development
“With projects like ONEOK Field, BOK Center, the remodeled Tulsa Convention Center and new hotels, it is an ideal time to capitalize on development in the downtown area,” said Chamber President and CEO Mike Neal. “We are confident Delise will provide vision and leadership to help ensure downtown Tulsa reaches its full potential.”
In 2008 and 2009, the Chamber contracted with Market Street Services in Atlanta, Ga., to begin development of future benchmarks for economic development in the region. To capitalize on the progressive growth and public investment in downtown, Market Street recommended a focused downtown economic development program.
“My goal is to capitalize on the energy and momentum we are experiencing downtown by organizing, collaborating, focusing and championing continued development efforts and operating as the go-to person for all development needs,” Tomlinson said.
Tomlinson began her position with the Chamber Monday, July 19. She most recently served as land planner for Tanner Consulting in Tulsa where she oversaw the public review process for residential, commercial and mixed-use land development projects. Prior to Tanner Consulting, Tomlinson was a senior planner with Indian Nation Council of Governments (INCOG).
While with INCOG and as staff to the Tulsa Metropolitan Area Planning Commission (TMAPC), Tomlinson reviewed complex land use proposals and presented related recommendations to TMAPC at their public hearings. Her background in land development also includes tenure as city planner in the northeastern Oklahoma communities of Collinsville, Glenpool and Sapulpa. Tomlinson has professional affiliations with American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), American Planning Association (APA), Oklahoma Chapter of the American Planning Association (OKAPA) and the Urban Land Institute (ULI).
In her new role as executive director of downtown development for the Chamber, Tomlinson is responsible for the successful management of all economic development projects related to the development of property, new jobs, capital investment, and projects within the Inner Dispersal Loop surrounding downtown Tulsa.
Tomlinson is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma where she received her master of science in architectural urban studies (urban design) and an undergraduate degree in marketing.
Read more about Tomlinson in the Tulsa World.
Save on supplies with Office Depot affinity program
Discounted items include:
• Office supplies
• Digital print services
• Coffee and break room supplies
1. Next day delivery (in all major markets) and free shipping for all orders over $50.
2. Top 100 Item Chamber Discount List.
o Copy paper and toner discounted 15 percent off lowest “retail” price found in-store and online.
o General supplies discounted 30 percent off lowest “retail” price found in-store and online.
3. Take an additional 5 percent off everyday lowest price both in-store and online for all other purchases.
4. Now more than 98 percent of items qualify for at least a 5 percent discount off the everyday lowest store or web price.
Click here to register today.
For questions or problems signing up, contact the Office Depot representative Bobby Bingham.
For more information or questions about Chamber membership, contact Karen Humphrey at 918-560-0250.
Chamber Choice offers affordable insurance for small businesses
Chamber Choice is available to members with two to 50 employees.
o No medical underwriting
o BlueOptions PPO
o Blue Optimize PPO (new this year)
o BlueLincs HMO
o Prescription drug coverage
o Network availability in all 50 states
o Dental coverage available
o Group Term Life, Accidental Death & Dismemberment and disability coverage available
o Qualified Insure Oklahoma health plans
Today, nearly 700 employers are enrolled in the Chamber Choice plan covering more than 4,000 individuals.
Click here to download the 2010 Chamber Choice brochure.
To find out more about Chamber Choice, contact your Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma representative or call (918) 551-3385 or visit http://www.bcbsok.com/employer/chamber_tulsa.html.
What we’re working on:Economic Development
• Finalizing data updates to a newly-designed Business Relocation Data collateral marketing piece.
• Completing two direct mail marketing pieces regarding new job announcements and Tulsa accolades to mail to more than 2,000 site location consultants.
• Beginning creative for a second dimensional direct mail piece.
• Attending downtown development meeting with County Commissioner Karen Keith.
• Attending the quarterly Tulsa Area Partnership meeting.
• Submitting an RFP on a development project.
• Working with a local business on a CNG/NGV educational program to be held Sept. 15.
• Assisting a local manufacturer with workforce issues and a new facility opening this fall.
Marketing & Communications
• Planning the Intercity visit.
• Planning and marketing Restaurant After Hours.
• Organizing the Legislative Golf Outing.
• Scheduling the Congressional Forums.
• Developing a marketing plan for NCAA.
• Finalizing content for the new Tulsa Sports Commission website.
• Beginning development of a downtown economic development website.
• Writing articles for the Chamber Report member newsletter.
• Updating content for the Chamber’s 11 websites.
• Preparing a target market non-member prospect list.
• Researching new prospects.
• Scheduling new member appointments and making follow up calls from prior appointments.
• Hosting the Oklahoma Coaches Association Annual Coaches Clinics with the Tulsa Marriott Southern Hills.
• Hosting the Palomino Horse Breeders Association World Championship Horse Show & Sale with Expo Square.
• Preparing a bid for the American Farm Bureau Federation 2013 Women’s Leadership Conference
• Regional Tourism Task Force Meeting.
• Creating a strategic plan with SMG.
• Scheduling appointments with national associations to promote Tulsa at Connect Marketplace on August 12-14.
Tulsa Sports Commission
• Organizing and executing the annual fundraising golf tournament.
• Facilitating nine legislative taskforces.
• Preparing for the Regional Legislative Summit on Aug. 12, where the 2011 Regional OneVoice agenda will be formulated.
• Scheduling Congressional Forums and other legislative events.
• Monitoring legislative interim studies.
• Creating Talent & Staff Development Plans.
• Reviewing Chamber’s strategic plan.
• Preparing for August Board Meeting.
• Assisting the board nominating committee.
• Preparing for Chamber of the Year interview.
• Planning the 2011 resource campaign.
• Creating financial development plan.
• Implementing feasibility study for Tulsa’s Future II.
• Budgeting for 2011.
Education and Workforce
• Hosting the Adult Enrollment Blitz for adults interesting in returning to college.
• Planning Partners In Education kickoff event and updating the program handbook.
• Meeting with the State Regent and Chancellor of Higher Education about a program to help adults finish a college education.
• Recruiting volunteers for the College Access Career Readiness Program.
• Attending the second annual SW Community Schools Conference planning meeting to help drive community school initiatives engaging K-12 system to higher ed institutes.
Tulsa’s Young Professionals
• Creating programming and a business development series for The Forge.
• Reviewing tenant applications for The Forge.
• Hosting the fifth annual Next/Now Art Show.
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.
Scott Burnett, President
11202 E. 61st Street, Tulsa, OK
Mike and Kathy Hastings, Owners
2771 S. 116th East Avenue
Tulsa, OK 74129
Ali Baba Restaurant
Berlin & Seibert, PLC
Bright Systems, Inc.
C & L RV Center
Design IV Carpet & Tile
Electric Thrust, LLC
Foundation for Tulsa Schools
GW Watts Distributing Co. Inc.
Hampton Inn and Suites Tulsa South
Holy Family Cathedral School
Impact Technologies, LLC
Katherine Investments, Inc.
Ma and Pa Kettle Corn
Marathon Processing Systems
Octavian Security (USA) Inc.
Office Medic, Inc.
Riverview Wine & Spirits
Shanadoa Home Health, Inc.
Southwest Tulsa Chamber of Commerce, Inc.
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