The estimated $18.3 million arts center will contain multi-use exhibition spaces, studio spaces for artists, classrooms, offices and a catering kitchen. The facility will adjoin the neighboring Mathews Warehouse tenants that will include Philbrook and Gilcrease and will share green space between the two buildings for open-air performances, outdoor exhibitions and other events.
The arts center is scheduled to open in fall 2012.
“The Hardesty Arts Center is another great addition to downtown Tulsa,” said Delise Tomlinson, executive director of downtown development for the Tulsa Metro Chamber. “The new attraction will be a draw for Tulsans, visitors, developers and site consultants seeking to be a part of our region’s vision for a vibrant, revitalized downtown.”
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Chamber advocates regional priorities in Washington, D.C.
During the trip, Chamber staff met with every member of Oklahoma’s federal delegation to advocate for the Tulsa region’s OneVoice priorities, including the recent passage of the Supplemental Hospital Offset Payment Program.
SHOPP utilizes a self-assessment on Oklahoma’s hospitals to bring an additional $250 million in federal matching funds back into the hospitals’ budgets. The program now needs to be authorized by the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services before federal funds can be received.
“We’re very lucky to have the full support of our federal delegation behind this request as well as their assistance in ensuring its speedy approval,” said Neal. “The SHOPP Act overwhelmingly passed the state Legislature and was signed by Gov. Fallin. It is vital we obtain approval at the federal level as soon as possible to give the SHOPP Act as much time as possible to prove its effectiveness for Oklahoma before its sunset in 2014.”
The Chamber also spoke to Oklahoma’s federal delegation about other top priorities, including low-water dam funding for the Arkansas River; long-term reauthorization of federal transportation programs; widening and deepening of the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River navigation system; and the development of an intermodal facility connecting Tulsa’s Port of Catoosa and the Tulsa International Airport.
Chamber touts Tulsa at wind energy event
The event provided the opportunity for economic developers and wind professionals to learn about wind issues, technology and policy as well as network with industry decision makers, and generate business leads.
“The Tulsa region and the state of Oklahoma have a lot to offer companies in the wind energy industry, and it is essential for us to tell our story at events that connect us directly to executives who determine where to locate their businesses,” said Jim Fram, the Chamber’s senior vice president of economic development.
Conferences, exhibitions and headquarter call trips are part of the Chamber’s business attraction marketing program through its Tulsa’s Future economic development plan. The Chamber makes around 25 national and international business recruitment trips annually.
What we’re working onExecutive
• Speaking at the Epoch Energy site visit breakfast.
• Speaking at Bixby Rotary Club.
• Attending meeting regarding City of Tulsa KPMG audit and Management Review Office implementation efforts.
• Dinner with American Airlines Executives.
• Meeting with Senator Ted Fisher, Sapulpa economic development director.
• Meeting regarding EDGE update.
• Tulsa’s Future II CEO follow-up calls.
• Meeting with Tulsa Rowing Association.
• Meeting with VisitTulsa consultants.
• Attending Oklahoma Academy Town Hall meeting.
• Hosting Tulsa County Commissioners at Tulsa Drillers Game at ONEOK Field.
• Meeting to discuss proposed OK POP Museum.
• Holding an economic development staff team training.
• Meeting with aerospace company officials.
• Small Business Council meeting.
• Meeting with a Tulsa’s Future regional partner on an expansion project.
• Attending the IEDC “Tech Led Economic Development” training.
• Working with a local manufacturer on expansion.
• Hosting BRE volunteer training.
• Submitting proposals on two industrial projects.
• Attending the John Hope Franklin Reconciliation Symposium.
• Attending BNSF meeting.
• Attending the Downtown Coordinating Council, Stadium Trust, Deco District and Brady Owners meetings.
• Attending downtown development finance meeting.
• Attending the Oklahoma Society of Association Executive’s conference planning committee meeting.
• Attending John Hope Franklin National Symposium.
• Attending the Oklahoma Society of Association Executives Oklahoma City luncheon.
• Making sales calls in Oklahoma City.
• Working on a large mailing with names gleaned from an ad in Midwest Living Magazine.
• Responding to individual visitor requests for information.
• Updating list of restaurants that have private meeting space.
• Attended the groundbreaking for Arts & Humanities Council’s Educational Arts Center.
• Preparing for OneVoice Legislative Task Force meetings.
• Attending Small Business Council regular meeting.
• Attending Election District Commission public meeting.
• Hosting Legislative Briefing Breakfast.
• Attending Regular CTAG meeting.
• Attending John Hope Franklin symposium.
• Monitoring Federal legislation.
• Planning June-August legislative events.
• Planning 2011 Tulsa Big wheel June 18.
• Finalizing new Relocation Guide.
• Reviewing applications for new tenants at The Forge.
• Creating system for new events and initiatives.
• Finalizing Workforce Advisory Panel meeting.
• Participating in TAHRA diversity and inclusion conference call.
• Attending Sustainable Tulsa meeting to discuss business Programs.
• Participating in conference call to discuss manufacturing recruiting strategies.
• Attending Leadership Tulsa board meeting.
• Attending Flagship committee mtg.
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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