Tulsa, OK – The Tulsa Metro Chamber of Commerce and 34 regional partners announced the current status of the top initiatives it is collectively championing at the state capitol.
1)-Gilcrease Expressway 2)-OSU Medical Center Funding 3)-A study on municipal finances 4)-Race to the Top Education funding 5)-Oklahoma Workers' Compensation Reform 6)-Institution of a provider fee that would help maximize federal matching funds.
The list was announced in a news conference at the Summit Club in downtown Tulsa.
Pryor, OK – 100 people will soon be out of work at Pryor's Gatorade plant. The facility opened less than three years ago. A news release from the company says the decision to close the plant was not easy, but was necessary considering the overall market conditions.
Manufacturing work has already ceased at the plant The facility will be mothballed in about three months. Gatorade is owned by PepsiCo. The plant cost $180-million and was PepsiCo's largest Gatorade facility.
Tulsa, OK – A sealed corridor of five railroad crossings downtown has been completed. This sealed corridor consists of new gates installed where the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad intersects with Greenwood Avenue, Elgin Avenue, Cheyenne Avenue, Elwood Avenue and Guthrie Avenue.
Tulsa, OK – The Tulsa Planning Commission considers allowing roof-top signs in the Blue Dome District. Blake Ewing owns "Joe Mama's" Pizza near 1st and Elgin. He wants one of the signs, similar to the Meadow Gold sign near 11th and Peoria which is permited under a grandfather clause.
Michael Sager owns the 1st Street Lofts. He reminded the commission that there is more to signage than letters. He calls it an art form.
Tulsa, OK – Voters in the Tulsa School District will be asked to decide the fate of a 354-million dollar bond issue on March 2nd. Tulsa School Board President Doctor Keith Ballard says the majority of the funding will be used for facility upkeep. 97% of Tulsa school facilities are 30-year-old or older.
As the new bonds would replace retiring bonds, there would be no tax increase.