Tulsa Metro Chamber changing name to reflect regional focus
BY LAURIE WINSLOW World Staff Writer
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
11/20/12 at 3:47 AM
Starting Dec. 1, the Tulsa Metro Chamber will officially become known as the Tulsa Regional Chamber.
The chamber's board of directors unanimously voted to change the organization's name to better reflect its regional focus.
In a written report to the chamber's board and investors, Mike Neal, the chamber's president and CEO, says, "We understand that today's fastest growing economies across the country are taking a regional approach to economic development success. To tap the enormous potential of the Tulsa region, we must continue to pool our assets and resources."
In recent years, the Tulsa Metro Chamber, with input and leadership from many sources, has fostered regional relationships and brought groups together to champion economic development and issue advocacy efforts in northeast Oklahoma.
In 2010, the Tulsa, Bixby, Broken Arrow, Jenks, Owasso, Sand Springs and Sapulpa chambers signed a compact to collaborate on regional economic growth.
"These partners, including other local chambers in Tulsa County that will soon join the economic development compact, recognize that in a global, competitive environment, economic development does not recognize boundaries, such as city limits, and job growth in one area is of benefit to all," Neal's letter states.
"The local chambers have a critical mission of attracting and retaining jobs; developing and supporting infrastructure improvements; and furthering all pro-business activities in individual communities throughout the region. The success of one community is a success for all the communities of Northeast Oklahoma."
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