Election dates approaching
The Tulsa Metro Chamber extends congratulations to the following recently elected officials:
• Corporation Commissioner Dana Murphy
• Sen. Rick Brinkley (HD 34)
• Rep. Jabar Shumate (HD 73)
• Rep. David Derby (HD 74)
• Rep. David Brumbaugh (HD 76)
• Tulsa County Treasurer Dennis Semler
• Tulsa County Commissioner Fred Perry (D 3)
And good luck to those in runoff elections:
• U.S. House District 2 Republican candidates Charles Thompson and Daniel Edmonds
• Insurance Commissioner Republican candidates John Crawford and John Doak
• House District 66 Democrat candidates Eli Potts and Andrew Thomas Williams
Those winning the primary election to be voted on in the general election are:
• Mary Fallin (R) and Jari Askins (D) for governor
• Todd Lamb (R) and Kenneth Corn (D) for lieutenant governor
• Tom Coburn (R) and Jim Rogers (D) for the U.S. Senate
• John Sullivan for U.S. House District 1
• Dan Boren (D) for U.S. House District 2
• Gary Jones (R) and Steve Burrage (D) for state auditor
• Scott Pruitt (R) and Jim Priest (D) for attorney general
• Ken Miller (R) and Stephen Covert (D) for state treasurer
• Janet Barresi (R) and Susan Paddack (D) for superintendent of public instruction
• Mark Costello (R) and Lloyd Fields (D) for labor commissioner
• Kim Holland (D) for insurance commissioner
• Eddie Fields (R) and Dale Christenson (D) for Senate District 10
• Dennis Casey (R) and Rodger Ensign (D) for House District 35
• Jaden Nollan (R) for House District 66
• Glen Mulready (R) for House District 68
• Ken Yazel (R) and Nancy Bolzle (D) for Tulsa County assessor
• John Smaligo (R) for Tulsa County commissioner, District 1
Also, the Chamber wishes good luck to the candidates who will be voted on in the runoff primary election for Republican insurance commissioner and Democratic state representative for District No. 66.
The runoff election is Tuesday, Aug. 24, and the last day to apply for a mailed absentee ballot for runoff is Wednesday, Aug. 18.
Dates for early in-person absentee voting are Friday, Aug. 20 from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 21 from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.; and Monday, Aug. 23 from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 2 with the last day to register on Friday, Oct. 8. A mailed absentee ballot for the general election must be applied for by Wednesday, Oct. 27.
Early in-person absentee voting for the general election is Friday, Oct. 29 from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 30 from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.; and Monday, Nov. 1 from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
For more information about elected officials and voting, please visit tulsacounty.org.
U.S. Rep. Mary Fallin addresses Chamber crowd
The day after winning the Republication nomination for governor, U.S. Rep. Mary Fallin appeared before the Tulsa business community for a previously scheduled Congressional Forum.
Fallin addressed the crowd as to her recent victory and what she predicts will happen in the November election.
"I think we will see a tsunami this fall when it comes to incumbents from both parties," Fallin said in a Tulsa World article. "And I also think we will see a Republican House, Senate and governor this fall. We are a conservative state, and we deserve conservative leaders."
Fallin also noted her disagreement with measures like the health care reform bill stating she would have filed a lawsuit on behalf of Oklahomans if she were governor, and that lawmakers are moving toward a Canadian-style health care system.
Fallin also said she believes her experience in Washington will allow her to work better with state Democrats in an effort to attain bipartisanship.
To read more of Fallin’s comments, read this Tulsa World article.
For a complete list of upcoming Congressional Forums including U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe on Aug. 24 and U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn on Aug. 30, click here.
TYPros accepting applications for community partner
Tulsa’s Young Professionals is accepting applications for its 2011 community partnership. The 7,000-plus member organization partners with an area nonprofit each year to host a number of fundraising events and provide volunteers.
“Our members really step up, because they believe in serving the community,” said Michael Christian, 2010 chair of TYPros. “We know when young professionals join together, we can impact positive change.”
In the first half of 2010, TYPros has raised more than $15,000 for Junior Achievement of Oklahoma. Past community partners include Big Brother Big Sisters, Youth Services of Tulsa and Youth at Heart. Many TYPros members continue to volunteer for these organizations following the year of partnership.
Once the 2011 partner is chosen, TYPros’ leadership team will determine a goal and begin planning another successful fundraising campaign.
Nonprofit organizations interested in becoming the 2011 partner are encouraged to apply. Click here to complete an application online, or request one to submit via e-mail by contacting Brian Paschal, executive director, at email@example.com or 918.560.0286. Deadline to apply is Sept. 7, 2010.
Ft. Smith Chamber visits Tulsa to learn about BRE
Representatives from the Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce recently visited Tulsa to learn more about the Tulsa Metro Chamber’s Business Retention and Expansion program, which launched in September 2009 and will be recognized as one of the top BRE programs in the country by Business Retention and Expansion International at a conference later this month.
Representatives attended a BRE training and visited with program volunteers and Chamber staff to learn more about implementing and executing a successful BRE outreach initiative.
Pictured: Craig Pair, chairman of Ft. Smith’s BR&E committee; Danielle Runyan, BRE manager for the Tulsa Metro Chamber; Cheryl Garner, Ft. Smith’s vice president of economic development; and Austin Kelly, Ft. Smith’s director of information and statistics.
Tulsa’s Talent Dividend efforts touted in CEOs for Cities e-newsletter
The Chamber is part of the national “Talent Dividend” initiative from CEOs for Cities, a national network of urban leaders dedicated to building and sustaining the next generation of great American cities. The organization recently highlighted Tulsa’s efforts to increase its percentage of people with four-year degrees by just one percentage point, which would amount to an additional $646 million pumped into the economy each year. Below is the article reflecting the Chamber’s initiative.
Tulsa Focuses on Adult Completion
As part of its Talent Dividend initiative, Tulsa is zeroing in on re-enrolling and completing adult students. The Tulsa Metro Chamber, lead agency of the local initiative, held the Adult Enrollment Blitz last week with more than a dozen post secondary institutions to increase awareness and connect potential adult students with degree programs.
“Increasing the number of Tulsans who hold a college degree is no longer just an education issue; it’s an economic development issue,” said Chamber President and CEO Mike Neal. “We must focus on growing our pool of talent if the Tulsa region is to create jobs that provide security, stability and wealth for the future.”
We couldn’t agree more.
Source: CEOs for Cities e-newsletter
What we’re working on:Executive
• Celebrating being named 2010 Chamber of the Year by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives.
• Meetings with area companies through the Business Retention and Expansion program.
• Working several active business recruitment projects, providing information about Tulsa.
• Planning launch of CEO Roundtables program for October 2010.
• Meeting with several site selection consultants.
• Attending the city of Tulsa’s BRIDGE Certification Committee meeting.
• Completing an economic impact analysis of ONEOK Field to present to Tulsa City Council.
• Working with INCOG to get county forecasts for INCOG’s Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for the Tulsa region.
• Site visit with Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
• Monthly luncheon with the Society of Government Meeting Professionals.
• Welcoming the Reichert Celebration horse event at Expo Square.
• Attending Connect Marketplace Conference in Louisville, Ky., to promote Tulsa to more than 400 meeting planners.
• Developing marketing materials to promote the Bring it Home Tulsa Campaign.
• Adding new pages to VisitTulsa.com to provide meeting planners detailed information about Tulsa convention facilities.
• Announcing a new marketing opportunity for hotels to promote their facilities to planners using a new search tool on VisitTulsa.com.
Tulsa’s Young Professionals
• Hosting a reception for Teach for America teachers moving to Tulsa.
• Facilitating a brainstorming session with the TYPros leadership team.
• Planning for the second annual Green Gala.
• Finalizing the August Partners In Education e-newsletter.
• Planning the OU-CEC Higher Ed Southwest Regional Conference.
• Planning training sessions and recruiting volunteers for College Access Career Readiness.
• Working on meeting with Chancellor of Higher Education and state regents to suggest pilot in Tulsa to encourage adults to finish their college degree.
Tulsa Sports Commission
• Supporting American Junior Golf Association at the Scissortail Championship in Broken Arrow.
• Meeting with the local organizing committee for Saint Francis Tulsa Tough to review this year’s event and beginning planning for next year.
Marketing and Communications
• Updating the community profile and membership directory.
• Preparing materials for the Regional Legislative Summit.
• Reviewing and creating content for new Tulsa Sports Commission website.
• Drafting an NCAA marketing plan.
• Finalizing Chamber Report content.
• Updating economic development marketing and collateral materials to reflect the latest data.
• Drafting an e-newsletter about Tulsa’s economic development news targeted to a list of more than 2,000 site consultants around the country.
• Creating collateral materials for a number of internal Chamber divisions.
• Updated content on Chamber websites.
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.
Susan Starling , Owner
6967 S. Lewis Ave
Tulsa, Ok 74136
Central National Bank
Assistant Vice President
4880 S. Lewis, suite 101
Tulsa, ok 74105
Hampton Inn & Suites
7004 South Olympia Ave
Tulsa, Ok 74132
Karen Scanlon, General Manager
Sara Lee Bakery Outlet Store
Jacqueline Gallegos, Regional Sales Manager
6007 S. Mingo
Tulsa, OK 74146
Volunteer of the Month
Carl Novara, Farmers Insurance*Novara Insurance Agency
Jim Boese, Boese Group – Allstate Agency
Kirk Davidson, Davidson Maintenance Service
Kittie Dishman, The Golf Club of Oklahoma
Orlando Dumalag, callOrlando.com LLC
Sam Fisher, Custom Heating and Air Conditioning Inc.
Ami Greene, EasyTEL Communications Inc.
Tommy Harris, Northwestern Mutual Financial Network
Vicki Hidde, Resume Source Inc.
Steve Hobbs, Southwestern Payroll Service Inc.
Fareed Hussein, ZFG Mortgage
Deb Karstens, Home Creations
Gloria Kelley, Jacobi Kelley Search LLC
Corey King, Premier Advisors Group
Marvin Krueger, Melaleuca Inc.
Joey Minick, NotionBox Creative LLC
Jawan Smith, Tulsa 66ers
Julee Thomas, Doerner, Saunders, Daniel & Anderson LLP
Amy Williams, Tulsa World
Bob Wilson, 5R Inc.
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