Chambers join to sign letter of support for transportation funding
In light of the transportation reauthorization discussion in Washington, D.C., Chambers across the nation are joining to voice their support of a robust transportation reauthorization bill that will allow the nation’s infrastructure to continue its progress and growth.
The effort, led by Tulsa Metro Chamber President and CEO Mike Neal and partners Roy H. Williams, Greater Oklahoma City Chamber; Steve Falk, San Francisco Chamber of Commerce; and Gary Toebben, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, encouraged chambers to add their name to the letter of support that will be sent to members of Congress this week.
“Our nation and the communities we represent need innovative and cost-effective ways to build and maintain our transportation infrastructure, improve our environment and generate new jobs,” said Neal, Williams, Falk and Toebben in the letter.
Over 24 Chambers have added their signatures to the letter. For more information, contact Nick Doctor at firstname.lastname@example.org or 918.560.0232.
Sector-specific job fairs kickoff with aerospace focus Sept. 15
The Tulsa Metro Chamber will begin hosting a number of industry-specific job fairs in collaboration with regional organizations as part of its ongoing effort to assist local employers and companies in meeting their recruiting needs.
The first sector-specific job fair will be Sept. 15 and will focus on aerospace and aviation. The Chamber is partnering with Workforce Tulsa, Oklahoma Aerospace Alliance and Tulsa Tech to present the job fair, which will be advertised locally and nationally to potential employees.
The low-cost event is an efficient way for employers and recruiters to connect with potential employees of all levels.
For more information, contact Denise Reid at DeniseReid@tulsachamber.com or 918.560.0255.
HR forum: new drug testing regulations to be enforced Nov. 1
A Chamber HR forum last week recapped the recent overhaul of Oklahoma’s Workplace Drug Testing Act, which affects many of the regulations and rules Oklahoma employers follow for hiring and employee management practices. The new law goes into effect Nov. 1 and is expected to be a positive, efficient change.
The forum, led by Sen. Patrick Anderson, who authored HB 2033, and Charles S. Plumb, attorney at McAfee & Taft, included information on what employers need to do to comply before the effective date of Nov. 1. Plumb encouraged employers to familiarize themselves with the new law and begin implementing changes as soon as possible.
“If you don’t change your policy by Nov. 1, you are contractually obligating yourself to the old law after Nov. 1,” said Plumb.
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Federal OneVoice priority sees positive relief
A federal OneVoice priority saw relief last week as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency again delayed issuing a new standard for ground-level ozone.
Supporting the adoption of a more reasonable time frame for the implementation of the new, more stringent ozone emission standard is a federal OneVoice priority identified in the 2011 Regional OneVoice legislative agenda.
Regional officials have argued that any sudden decrease in the EPA’s air quality attainment standard would almost certainly place the Tulsa region – as well as dozens of communities across the nation – in non-attainment status, initiating billions of dollars in remediation efforts whose costs would weigh heaviest upon manufacturers, oil refiners, and utilities vital to Tulsa’s energy needs and a primary source of private sector employment.
Local air quality officials are in hopes the EPA will wait until 2013 to revise the standard. The EPA issued a statement last Tuesday indefinitely postponing the new standard issue.
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Tulsa+ brings community together for look at best of Tulsa, best to come
A community-led effort to recognize the best things about Tulsa kicked off last week at the TCC Center for Creativity.
Individuals and organizations were given the opportunity to present their best efforts for making Tulsa a better place, and their ideas for making Tulsa’s future the brightest it can be.
The large crowd listened to a number of presentations, including a video recapping Tulsa’s Young Professionals Street CReD: Polishing the Pearl weekend makeover.
For more information on Tulsa+, visit www.whatareyouadding.com or www.facebook.com/tulsaplus.
Tulsa’s unsung heroes get their time to shineThere are a number of Tulsans whose efforts to support the Tulsa community are well-known and recognized by those affected by their generosity, leadership and support.
Now through Sept. 15, Tulsa’s “unsung heroes” have a chance to take the spotlight. Tulsa People magazine is looking for nominations for those behind the scenes people who make the Tulsa community a better place.
Email email@example.com now through Sept. 15 and make your nominations.
Nominations for Tulsa’s Fast 50 due July 15
Nominations for the Journal Record’s Tulsa’s Fast 50 awards are due Friday, July 15. Honorees will be featured in the Tulsa’s Fast 50 publication and be celebrated at an awards dinner Tuesday, Nov. 8.
“The Chamber is proud of Tulsa’s local companies that are quickly turning into the big hitters for the region and state,” said Mike Neal, president and CEO of the Chamber. “These companies represent business intuition and know-how that results in job growth, economic impact and a better Tulsa metro. The Chamber’s role in supporting these companies reaches outside our own program of work and into community efforts to recognize and applaud them, like the Tulsa’s Fast 50 event.”
Companies must have been in business for three years, be for-profit, privately owned, and headquartered and operated in the Tulsa metro area, have operating revenues or sales of at least $1 million and must not be a holding company, regulated bank or utility.
Click here for more information, to nominate a company or to attend the awards reception.
• Making Corporate CEO and Site Selection Consultant Economic Development Calls in Southern California.
• Attending, speaking and moderating at American Chamber of Commerce Executives Annual Conference in Los Angeles, CA., including Metro Cities Council meetings.
• Authoring joint letter of support for federal transportation funding with Roy Williams, Greater OKC Chamber; Steve Falk, San Francisco Chamber; and Gary Toebben, Los Angeles Area Chamber.
• Hosting site visit for prospective company.
• Attending Reception for Japanese Ambassador to the U.S.
• Hosting Oklahoma Department of Commerce Business Recruitment group to Tulsa.
• Meeting with City regarding incentives for downtown retail.
• Participating in Downtown Housing Task Force review of RFPs.
• Working on boarding of new Executive Director to Small Business.
• Meeting with Oklahoma Department of Commerce regarding Governor’s Trade Mission to Europe.
• Facilitating “Listening to Your Business” seminar with Broken Arrow Chamber and Owasso Economic Development.
• Facilitating addition of two new Forge tenants.
• Planning a non-profit fair.
• Hosting pub club and Toast to TYPros.
• Planning Regional Legislative Summit.
• Attending regular INCOG meeting.
• Monitoring local campaigns and federal policy.
Tulsa Sports Commission
• Researching and creating extensive bid proposal for new event in Tulsa.
• Planning for fall poker tournament fundraiser.
• Providing housing assistance to local sporting events to increase out of town participation.
• Welcoming Career Tech Annual Summer Conference to the Convention Center.
• Traveling to Oklahoma City for OTIA board meeting and Governor’s Conference committee meeting.
• Meeting in regards to the Museum Council of Tulsa.
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.
Enhanced Skin & Body Medical Spa
Freeland Brown Pharmacy
Grand Selections Restaurant
Hampton Inn & Suites Tulsa Central
Melia Advisory Group
Mystique Salon and Spa
OK Texans Soccer Club
Oklahoma Quality Award Foundation, Inc.
Pronto Promotions, Inc.
Veteran Family Network Magazine