The Tulsa Metro Chamber recently announced job creation and capital investment goals for the second five-year phase of its ongoing regional economic development plan, Tulsa’s Future. Officials also announced the plan’s list of investors and total amount invested following a seven-month campaign to fund the aggressive plan.
Gov. Mary Fallin addressed investors at its annual meeting and shared her priorities to assist with the proactive work Tulsa’s Future seeks to accomplish.
“Congratulations on your accomplishment and let me say, thank you for your investment in economic development,” said Gov. Fallin. “I hope pro-business legislation such as the reinstatement of the engineering tax credit, the creation of a quick action deal-closing fund, and meaningful tort reform will assist in your efforts to create jobs in Oklahoma.”
Resource Campaign adds to momentum, surpassing last year’s numbers
In its third week, this year’s Resource Campaign continued the record-breaking trend with a 6 percent increase in cash and a 5 percent increase overall. Campaign volunteers gathered at Dave and Buster’s for a reward session, networking and good food.
While working on the Campaign, volunteers earn cash incentives and trips to places like Big Cedar Lodge or Barbados through the sale of sponsorships and memberships. The Campaign supports around 23 percent of the Chamber’s annual budget. This money is returned to member businesses through business-building events, forums, initiatives, support and more.
Chamber highlights aerospace industry to international and national journalists
The Tulsa Metro Chamber partnered with the Oklahoma Department of Commerce to host twelve journalists from the United States, France, the UK and Italy for an informational tour of the Tulsa region’s aerospace industry.
Tulsa’s Future, the Chamber’s regional economic development program, funded the Tulsa leg of the tour by providing air travel, hotel accommodations, transportation, and meals.
“We have to tell our story. Highlighting our workforce creation training at Tulsa Tech, innovations in new technology at FlightSafety, the high caliber of workmanship at American Airlines, and the national headquarters of NORDAM is just part of the story,” said Mike Neal, president and CEO. “We are also featuring Oklahoma’s job creation incentives and our region’s famous hospitality.”
“Tulsa’s Future is committed to providing more resources and seeking more opportunities to showcase why Northeast Oklahoma is primed for growth in our target industries,” said Neal.
Visit these links for news coverage of the tour and blogs by the journalists:
Outstanding business partners honored at Partners In Education recognition reception
Business and community leaders, Chamber staff and educators gathered last Tuesday night to honor the Chamber’s Partners In Education program with a recognition reception featuring keynote speaker Rep. Jabar Shumate, student performances and awards.
The program, in its 28th year, unites businesses with school sites to enhance students’ learning experiences and encourage their academic success. Nearly 1,500 Partners work with schools across Tulsa, offering social, financial and emotional support to students, staff and teachers.
“Tulsa Public Schools can’t do it without the help from the community,” said Dr. Keith Ballard, superintendent of TPS. “I thank you so much for all that you’ve done for TPS.”
Partners were honored for their commitment to the program with awards nine categories, including the top honor, Partner of the Year. Congratulations to the nominees and winners.
Award for Excellence:
Dedicated Partnership Award:
Outstanding District Partner:
Outstanding Faith-Based Partner:
Outstanding Small Business Partner:
Valuable Investment Award:
Chittom Challenge Award:
Partner of the Year:
Thank you to all of our Partners for your continued involvement and leadership. The Chamber greatly appreciates all that you do for your community to ensure not only the success of the students, but of Tulsa’s workforce and businesses. If you would like to get involved with Partners in education, please contact Heather Johnson at email@example.com.
Monthly Capitol Luncheon offers update of legislative issues
Chamber leaders and regional businesses joined Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb and state legislators at the Jim Thorpe Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame last Wednesday for an up-to-date discussion of priority legislation and upcoming issues. The Chamber hosts a luncheon every month to give local business leaders a chance to network with their state representatives and develop a beneficial working relationship to better advocate for regional priorities.
Chamber leaders attend public hearing in support of Project Schoolhouse
Eight Chamber leaders attended the Project Schoolhouse public hearing last Tuesday in an effort to show the community and school board their support of the initiative, which aims to give students across Tulsa equal opportunities for quality education while cutting costs and making Tulsa Public Schools more efficient.
All eight attendees spoke during the hearing, offering their encouraging input as business and community leaders interested and involved in the process. President and CEO of the Chamber Mike Neal was among the speakers. Neal stressed the importance of quality public education when attracting and growing businesses, what developing a well-educated workforce means to the economy and how this initiative will positively affect the future of Tulsa.
“We want to have the finest schools in the country,” said Neal. “We appreciate the many steps you are taking to make systematic changes that will result in a better education for all our kids.”
Tuesday night was the final public hearing before Dr. Keith Ballard, superintendent of TPS, recommends a plan of action to the school board. Project Schoolhouse began as a cost-cutting initiative to assist with the budgetary issues during the economic downturn, but turned into an efficiency effort after the information gathered brought education inequalities across the district to Ballard’s attention.
The Chamber supports Project Schoolhouse’s goals and continues to give Ballard, the school board and the entire TPS community its unwavering encouragement.
“Thank you for being leaders in this community and confronting your fiscal difficulties,” said Neal. “We know this process has not been easy and you cannot make everyone happy, but it will result in a better educational experience for our kids and that will make all of Tulsa stronger.”
The school board is currently reviewing Dr. Ballard’s recommendation to close 14 school buildings and convert an addition eight into other uses, saving TPS around $5 million a year. The board plans to announce its decision today.
Development, marketing company plans expansion
Majeska & Associates, a new Tulsa-based development and marketing company to the mid-continent paving industry, announced it has been accepted into Oklahoma’s 21st Century Quality Jobs Program, an incentive created to attract growth industries and sectors through a policy of rewarding businesses with a highly skilled, knowledge-based workforce.
Tulsa company up for national small business award
Tulsa’s Cherokee CRC, LLC, won the 2011 Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year for Oklahoma and the region and will compete for national recognition during the U.S. Small Business Administration’s National Small Business Week, May 16-20 in Washington, D.C.
“We congratulate Cherokee CRC on this tremendous achievement and are proud to have a company of its stature representing not only Tulsa or Oklahoma, but our region, at the national level,” said Kinnee Tilly, vice president of business retention, expansion and small business for the Tulsa Metro Chamber.
Cherokee CRC, LLC, part of the Cherokee Nation Businesses family, is a diversified small business offering services in consulting and engineering, predominately in markets of aerospace industries, construction, environmental and professional services.
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Four-state chamber leaders convene at conference
Matt Pivarnik, executive vice president, welcomes attendees at the MAKO Conference.
A new organization to develop a four-state conference of Chamber leaders was born from an idea by Matt Pivarnik, the Chamber’s executive vice president. Over the last two years, Pivarnik traveled to each state association and presented the concept for support. This week, more than 300 attendees from Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas and Oklahoma are meeting to exchange best practices and trends in Chamber management. Called MAKO, as reference to the four states, the conference features keynote speakers from the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and more.
“As communities and regions continue to blend economic boundaries, as leaders we need to build relationships and discuss issues impacting our four states in the nation’s center,” said Pivarnik. “This conference will expand contacts and diversify ideas.”
Mike Neal, president and CEO, is presenting on the “Wise Ones” panel as a nod to his long-tenured career in the industry, Pivarnik is presenting “60 ideas in 60 minutes” brainstorming session, and Sheila Curley, vice president of communications, is moderating and presenting on a panel discussing “Harnessing the Power of Young Professionals” where she will highlight TYPros’ recent event, Street Cred, and The Forge. Additional Chamber staff in attendance includes Susan Harris, sr vice president of Education and Workforce, and Ruth Littlefield, vice president of Membership Development.
· Attending and speaking at the MAKO (Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas, Oklahoma) Conference.
· Attending Junior Achievement dinner honoring Dick Williamson of TD Williamson
· Speaking at Small Business Council meeting.
· Attending monthly meeting with Mike Bunney.
· Attending Rotary Club luncheon.
· Hosting Tulsa Public School Foundation Cup committee meeting.
· Attending TYPros leadership meeting.
· Attending Oklahoma Scholars Graduate Recognition Reception.
· Hosting Mayor’s Retention Breakfast.
· Attending Tulsa’s Future Oversight Committee meeting.
· Attending hotel and lodging tax meeting.
· Hosting senior staff at Tulsa Drillers game.
· Attending Legislative Briefing Breakfast.
· Hosting lunch and golf with site selection consultants.
· Hosting city councilors at Tulsa Drillers game.
· Attending a Downtown Coordinating Council meeting.
· Attending Deco District meeting.
· Attending the Brady Owner’s meeting.
· Participating in meeting regarding downtown lighting.
· Participating in Small Business day at the Capitol with Lt. Governor Todd Lamb.
· Meeting with a regional partner to discuss partnership on Business Retention Expansion program.
· Finalizing program to engage volunteers as well as regional partners in the Business Retention Expansion program.
· Attending Tulsa Future Oversight Committee meeting.
· Attending CoreNet in Chicago.
· Meeting with Cherokee Nation reps to discuss economic development.
· Attending industrial site meeting with local representatives.
· Attending Industrial Asset Management Council to meet with site consultants and corporate real estate representatives.
· Hosting Small Business Council monthly meeting.
· Hosting Mayor's Retention Breakfast focused on health care.
· Hosting Entrepreneurial Venture Oversight Committee meeting.
· Attending rail crossing meeting.
· Meeting on downtown property redevelopment.
· Attending Jenks City Council to discuss economic development.
· Meeting with a new company to discuss incentives.
· Meeting with Tulsa International Airport director.
· Meeting with the City of Tulsa economic development officer.
· Meeting with the Catoosa Economic Development Council to discuss Tulsa’s Future.
· Hosting two site consultants from Texas.
Education and Workforce
· Meeting with Oklahoma Health Care Workforce Center.
· Conference call to discuss WorkAdvance program location.
· Tulsa’s Future II Oversight Committee meeting.
· Meeting with TYPros Diversity Crew leaders.
· Attending Mayor’s Breakfast.
· Finalizing prep for Oklahoma Scholars Dinner.
· Training US Cellular employees for Oklahoma Scholars presentations.
· Finishing Oklahoma Scholars 8th grade presentations in TPS.
· Attending TPS board meeting.
· Attending Hamilton Middle School end of year Partners In Education ceremony.
· Attending Global Vision Awards.
· Attending CACR checkpoint meeting.
· Attending D&I meeting.
· Writing Partners In Education e-newsletter for May.
Tulsa’s Young Professionals
· Hosting Toast to TYPros.
· Planning Unplugged with Steve Malcolm.
· Organizing 360˚ orientation.
· Planning Big Wheel fundraiser
· Brainstorming new family friendly event.
· Monitoring State and Federal legislation.
· Attending State Chamber Legislative Affairs Committee meeting.
· Attending Claremore Chamber Luncheon featuring Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb.
· Attending Small Business Council regular meeting.
· Presenting legislative report to Tulsa’s Future II Oversight Committee.
· Hosting Legislative Briefing Breakfast.
· Attending Resource Campaign Reward Session luncheon.
· Planning May-June legislative events.
· Preparing for OneVoice Legislative Task Force meetings.
· Promoting Tulsa to more than 300 corporate meeting planners at Collaborate Marketplace in Houston May 3-6, 2011.
· Attending a team sales meeting with SMG and VisitTulsa.
· Attending the directors of sales meeting.
· Hosting a site visit with BWI, Inc.
· Attending the event, entertainment, and tourism advisory committee meeting.
· Attending the OSAE monthly luncheon.
· Attending the OSAE committee meeting.
Tulsa Sports Commission
· Preparing for and attending the USA Volleyball local organizing committee meeting.
· Gathering photos for USA Volleyball credentials.
· Organizing USA Volleyball sponsorship information.
· Finalizing hotel contract for USA Volleyball.
· Coordinating entertainment for USA Volleyball.
Marketing and Communications
· Finalizing Chamber Report copy and design.
· Exploring next steps for VisitTulsa branding.
· Updating content on Chamber websites.
· Preparing marketing collateral for upcoming events.
· Working with USA Volleyball marketing committee to promote event locally and regionally.