New area code to be added this month
After a lengthy research phase that involved input from state and local officials, industry and the business community, the public at large, and media outreach, the Oklahoma Corporation Commission approved a plan on January 4, 2010, to prevent so-called “number exhaust” in the region served by the 918 area code.
Called an “overlay,” the plan will add another area code (539) to the entire existing 918 area code geographic area. There will be no change to existing numbers so current residents, businesses, schools and local governments can keep their current number. Eventually, all new numbers in the area will get the new 539 area code and after a lengthy transition phase, all local calls will be 10 digits (the area code and the 7 digit number). There will be no change in local call boundaries, or to 9-1-1 or 2-1-1 services.
The first phase of the program begins on August 7, 2010. For a complete schedule of the program and list of Frequently Asked Questions, click here.
Chamber leadership will interview for Chamber of the Year
For the third consecutive eligible year, the Tulsa Metro Chamber has been named one of two finalists for the Nation's Best Chamber award, an honor given annually by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives, and members of the senior staff will attend the conference in Milwaukee this week to vie for the prize.
If the Chamber wins the award this year, it will mark the first time a chamber has qualified and won the title for three back-to-back years of eligibility.
"Tulsa's chamber is predominantly one of the strongest in the nation and an industry leader," said Mike Neal, president and CEO of the Tulsa Metro Chamber.
The award recognizes excellence in operations, member services and community leadership. The other finalist is Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce. The winner will be announced Aug. 5 at ACCE's annual conference.
U.S. government prepares public for new $100 note
A new $100 note will begin circulating on February 10, 2011. To ensure that the people who rely on the $100 note know how to use the security features in the new design, the U.S. government has launched a global public education program.
The new design for the $100 note was unveiled on April 21, 2010, and incorporates security and design features that are easy for the public to use, but difficult for counterfeiters to replicate. The redesigned $100 note includes two new, advanced security features: the 3-D Security Ribbon and the Bell in the Inkwell. Three highly effective security features from the old design were also retained in the new $100 note: the Portrait Watermark, the Security Thread and the Color-Shifting Numeral 100.
"As with previous U.S. currency redesigns, this note incorporates the best technology available to ensure we’re staying ahead of counterfeiters," said Secretary of the Treasury Tim Geithner.
For more on the new note, visit www.newmoney.gov.
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What we’re working onExecutive
• Interviewing with an industry panel for Chamber of the Year
• Detailed update and review of strategic plan
Marketing and Communications
• Beginning production for new member orientation video.
• Reviewing and creating content for the new Tulsa Sports Commission’s website.
• Developing content for the next issue of the Chamber Report.
• Promoting upcoming events.
• Preparing materials for the Regional Legislative Summit.
• Preparing interdepartmental media and progress reports.
• Implementing advertising plan for ChooseTulsaJobs.com workforce attraction website.
• Presenting at Career Tech’s Summer Conference.
• Staffing an information table at CareerTech’s Annual Leadership Conference at the Tulsa Convention Center.
• Welcoming Reichert Celebration to Expo Square, which brings more than 2,000 horses to Tulsa.
• Sales visit to the Association of Oklahoma Narcotic Enforcers’ 21st Annual Training Conference.
• Collaborating with Oklahoma Department of Commerce to plan for the 2010 NBAA Convention/Expo in Atlanta.
• Completing an application for Regional Innovation Clusters funding through the Small Business Administration.
• Beginning creative discussions for a dimensional direct mail piece to site consultants across the U.S.
• Attending a Downtown Coordinating Council meeting.
• Identifying and meeting with various stakeholders in downtown development.
• Updating a list of Euro-based companies with a presence in Tulsa.
• Hosting a project site visit for a company interested in locating to Tulsa.
• Developing educational programming offered to small businesses in the region.
Tulsa Sports Commission
• Wrap up and thanking sponsors of the TSC Golf Tournament held last week.
• Reviewing nationwide RFPs on sports events for 2011, 2012 and 2013.
• Planning for Strike Night, the Commission’s next fundraising event.
• Assisting AGJA Scissortail Golf Championship taking place at The Golf Club of Oklahoma Aug 9-12, 2010.
• Weekly maintenance with hotels on NCAA housing.
• Recognizing staff for referring members who have joined.
• Prospecting for new members.
• Marking member retention calls.
• Attending ACCE conference in Milwaukee.
• Finalizing preparations for the Regional Legislative Summit on August 12.
• Finalizing the congressional forum schedule.
• Planning 2011 legislative events.
• Monitoring legislative interim studies.
Tulsa’s Young Professionals
• Planning the second annual Green Gala event focusing on sustainability.
• Revamping the new member sign-in process.
• Organizing a gubernatorial debate tentatively scheduled for Oct. 26.
• Preparing for a series of three brainstorming events to chart the course of TYPros for the next five years.
Education and Workforce
• Signing College Access Career Readiness Charter with OU-Tulsa and Tulsa Public Schools.
• Launching volunteer recruitment for College Access Career Readiness.
• Fundraising and communications to support Vote NO on SQ 744.
• Attending nTEDI Education Retreat.
• Identifying partners for the Return On Inclusion Summit.
• Attending Workforce Tulsa Health & Human Service Roundtable.
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