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Tulsa is One of Three Cities Named As Winner of Engaged Cities Award

Cities of Service announced Tulsa as one of three winners of the Engaged Cities Award, a new effort to elevate cities that are working creatively to tap the wisdom, talents, and energy of community members to solve public problems. Tulsa was recognized for combining bold mayoral leadership and the reach of city hall with the on-the-ground knowledge of citizens to address serious challenges.

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Gathering Place Announces Sept. 8 Opening

Gathering Place has announced that it officially opens on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, kicking off with 100 Days of Opening Celebration festivities.

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Election Time Approaches in Interesting Year

The June 26 Oklahoma Primary Election will allow voters to pick the nominees for various federal, state and county offices for November’s General Election. State Question 788, which would legalize medical marijuana, is also on the Statewide Primary ballot. In primary races with more than two candidates where no one receives a majority of the votes, runoffs will be held Aug. 28.

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Day of Citizenship: Precinct Officials Needed

By TERRY SIMONSON

When there is an election in Tulsa County, the Tulsa County Election Board is responsible for making sure the voting process is flawless. Preparing for a smooth process, which is free of any doubt about the integrity of the results, requires more than just properly working machines. It primarily relies upon the precinct officials who are there from the time the polls open until they close.

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Voters Encouraged to Cast Ballots on June 26

From Tulsa County By COMMISSIONER RON PETERS

Historically, there has been low voter participation in elections held during the summer. There are many reasons why voter turnout has been only a small percentage of registered voters.

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Two Tulsa Blue Employees Honored

Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum recently presented Tulsa Blue certificates to City of Tulsa employees Rick Lisenbee and Gary McColphin for their outstanding service to their colleagues and the community during a special recognition ceremony at City Hall.

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Wes Smithwick Resigns at B.A. Chamber

Editor’s Note: This article is compiled from writings of Bob Lewis and Emily Ramsey, Broken Arrow Express contributing editors.

The “help wanted” sign is out at the Broken Arrow Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Corporation following the resignation of Wes Smithwick, who served as president and CEO of both organizations.

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Urban Data Program Helps Tulsa to Compete

From Tulsa's Mayor by Mayor G. T. Bynum

When I took office, our City of Tulsa team recognized the benefits of using data to help solve public problems, drive policy and measure results. However, as we tried using data to guide decisions and lower barriers to innovation, we lacked the ability to use our own data and the data analytics talent needed to transform local government’s use of data-driven evidence. But that didn’t stop us. We found a solution.

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Moises Echeverria Uses Background to Benefit Tulsa

By EMILY RAMSEY

Moises Echeverria’s path to the Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice began 15 years ago when he experienced firsthand the nonprofit organization’s mission to spread respect and understanding.

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City Launches WalkBike Tulsa

Mayor G.T. Bynum announced at a news conference May 10 the kick-off of WalkBikeTulsa, a safety education campaign to increase awareness as Tulsa implements the GO Plan – bicycle and pedestrian master plan. District 4 City Councilor Blake Ewing, an advocate for bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure improvements in both the Improve Our Tulsa and Vision Tulsa funding packages, joined Mayor Bynum at the news conference.

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Assistance League of Tulsa Opens New Facility 

One of Tulsa’s most cherished non-profits, The Assistance League Tulsa (ALT), has moved to a new facility on 31st Street between Yale and Sheridan Avenues.

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Empty Bowls Hunger Awareness Dinner Held

With a goal of raising 2.8 million meals to feed those in need in Oklahoma and raise awareness of the hunger issues in the state, the Empty Bowls Hunger Awareness Dinner and Auction was recently held. This was the 22nd annual event presented by the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma, which was held at the Cox Business Center ballroom.

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Route 66 Auto Museum Dedicates 66-Foot Gas Pump

HEART OF ROUTE 66: The Heart of Route 66 Auto Museum will officially dedicated its 66-foot tall visible gas pump May 11. The huge award winning project, which took nearly two years to fully complete, is now a shining beacon attracting visitors to the museum. Present at the ceremony are, from left, State Representative Kyle Hilbert, State Senator James Leewirght, Museum Founder and President Richard Holmes, Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb and State Representative Mark Lawson.
  “We are extremely grateful to American Heritage Bank for their contribution to this huge monument. Without them, we would never have been able to build it,” said Richard Holmes, founder and president of the not-for-profit museum. “That gas pump is one-of-a kind. There is nothing like it anywhere in the world and we are really proud of it.”

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City of Tulsa Celebrates Gilcrease, TU Partnership

From Tulsa's Mayor By G.T. BYNUM

Nearly a decade has passed since the City of Tulsa partnered with the University of Tulsa to preserve and advance the Gilcrease Museum. Gilcrease, a proud member of the City of Tulsa family, is one of our national treasures that generations of Tulsans are pleased to call their own. In just a couple of months, we will celebrate our historic partnership.

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Tulsa County Moves Forward with New Initiatives

From Tulsa County By COMMISSIONER RON PETERS

One of my first priorities when I was elected was to seek approval from Tulsa County voters to replace the Juvenile Justice Center which is very outdated and unequipped to help families or correct the behavior of delinquent youths. Following many communitywide meetings with citizens from across Tulsa County I believed this was a project that is crucial to the health of families and the Tulsa community.

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