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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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Rose West Dog Park Opens in Broken Arrow

The City of Broken Arrow cut the ribbon on the Rose West Dog Park, the city’s first dog park, May 4. Dogs and their owners were among the attendees.

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Broken Arrow Mayor Visits White House

Broken Arrow Mayor Craig Thurmond recently attended a special invitation-only meeting at the White House.

A select group of mayors from across the country met with D.J. Gribbin, special assistant to the president for infrastructure, during a meeting to discuss infrastructure.

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Jenks Chamber of Commerce Inaugural Banquet Information

The Jenks Chamber of Commerce 2018 Inaugural Banquet was held in January at the Oklahoma Aquarium. The 2018 Banquet was presented by TTCU. Above in the photo from left are Jenks Chamber President Josh Driskell, Chair-elect Mark Tedford and Past Board Chair Greg Helms.

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Economic Growth Continues in Bixby

By RAEGAN DOUGHARTY

New construction can be seen in various locations in Bixby, something Krystal Crockett, president and CEO of the Bixby Metro Chamber of Commerce, says makes this time an exciting one for the community. Crockett has been with the chamber for close to nine years. She worked at the front desk for the chamber and was involved with events as well and transitioned into her current role soon after.

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Association for Women in Communications Honors Four

The Tulsa Chapter of the Association for Women in Communication will celebrate excellence in Oklahoma Women on May 2 at the 45th annual Newsmakers Awards luncheon at Southern Hills Country Club. 

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Hannibal Johnson Advocates for Tulsa’s History, Future

By EMILY RAMSEY

Editor’s Note: Hannibal Johnson is one of Greater Tulsa Reporter’s “10 to Watch in Greater Tulsa 2018,” as announced in its January 2018 issue. GTR was the first news group in Greater Tulsa to introduce “10 People to Watch,” which launched in January 2009.
Throughout the year, GTR is publishing a series of articles, featuring each of its “10 to Watch,” with next month’s issue to feature Susan Neal of Gilcrease Museum and the University of Tulsa.

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Little Free Libraries Booming

The City of Tulsa Parks and Recreation Department and Tulsa Community College have partnered with local nonprofit Transporting Education and Literacy into Open Spaces, Inc. (T.E.L.O.S., Inc.) for the grand opening events for the Tulsa Little Free Libraries Project.
In addition, neighborhoods are beginning to offer the Little Free Libraries.??

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‘A Better Way:’ A Strategy to Reduce Panhandling

From Tulsa's Mayor By G.T. BYNUM

Last fall I shared with you the idea of an innovative pilot program called “A Better Way” as a strategy to reduce panhandling. I’m pleased to tell you through the collaborative efforts of the City of Tulsa, Mental Health Association Oklahoma and the Tulsa Area United Way, we have officially launched the Better Way program to give panhandlers the opportunity to change their lives for the better.

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Anna America Stays Busy Working for Tulsa

By EMILY RAMSEY

Editor’s Note: Child Abuse Network CEO and Tulsa District 7 City Councilor Anna America is one of Greater Tulsa Reporter’s “10 to Watch in Greater Tulsa 2018,” as announced in its January 2018 issue.

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