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NEWS & NOTES

AEP entity gives to adaptive sports complex

A $150,000 gift that contributed to the building of an adaptive sports complex at Tulsa’s The Center for Individuals With Physical Challenges was recognized recently during a presentation at the center.

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The gift from the American Electric Power Foundation was presented by Public Service Company of Oklahoma President and Chief Operating Officer Peggy Simmons. PSO is a subsidiary of AEP.

“The center’s efforts relate directly to one of our core values, which is inclusion, and how our entire community benefits when we seek to provide opportunities that enhance quality of life for everyone,” she said.

The AEP Foundation’s contribution was part of a capital campaign launched in 2014 that raised more than $12 million. The result of the campaign is the 37,000-square-foot Hardesty Family Adaptive Sports Complex, which opened earlier this year on the northeast corner of 11th Street and Utica Avenue, adjacent to the center’s main facility.

OG&E earns safety performance honors

OKLAHOMA CITY — OG&E received top honors for its safety performance among 18 utilities participating in the Southeast Electric Exchange. The SEE, a nonprofit association of investor-owned utilities, gives its Safety Performance Award annually to one member company in recognition of top safety performance.

“It’s an honor to receive this recognition,” said Sean Trauschke, OGE Energy Corp. chairman, president and CEO, said in a statement.

“Looking back to 2016, we had a great year in terms of safety, achieving, what was at that time a record year. In 2017, we matched that record — a solid back-to-back performance. But, last year was different. Our employees didn’t just beat the record, they crushed it, improving on safety by 60 percent over those two previous record-setting years.”

OG&E in 2018 recorded its safest year in the company’s 117-year history, the company said.

Marketing group approves 2020 directors

Green Country Marketing Association, one of the state’s multicounty organizations working with the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department in promoting tourism, held its annual membership meeting recently and approved its 2020 board of officers and directors, according to Jackie Stewart, executive director.

The 2020 Executive Committee members include Chairman Justin Alberty, Grand River Dam Authority; President Royal Aills, Rogers State University Public Television; First Vice President Maria Gus, Visit Bartlesville; Secretary/Treasurer Kin Thompson, Northeastern State University; and Vice Presidents Kalle Burgess, Tulsa Zoo; Cheryl Trask, Cherokee Nation Cultural Tourism; Kyle Lee, Creek Tourism; and Linda Goldner, Picture in Scripture Amphitheater.

In 1965, business and community leaders founded the association in Bartlesville as an economic development program for 18 counties in northeastern Oklahoma.

“Green Country Marketing Association is proud of its history of attracting visitors to our many outstanding attractions, events, and natural resources,” Stewart said. “Of the state’s $8.9 billion annual tourism economic impact, Green Country can proudly claim more than $2.75 billion.”

DATA POINT

$3.6 billion

Amount in stock investor Warren Buffett donated to five foundations last week.

51.7

Manufacturing index by the Institute for Supply Management, down from 52.1 in May and the third straight month measures of new orders and inventories fell.

$2.3 million

Amount Germany fined Facebook under a hate speech law; Facebook said it would appeal.

HEADLINES

REAL ESTATE

Tulsa developer sells Eastgate Metroplex

Developer Rob Phillips, managing partner of EG Ventures LLC, and EG-DP Ventures LLC, announced that he has sold Eastgate Metroplex, 14002 E. 21st St., to Brooklynbased Shelbourne Global Solutions for about $64 million.

EMPLOYMENT

Veteran Employer Champions honored

Fourteen companies were honored Monday as 2019 Veteran Employer Champions for their efforts to recruit, hire and develop veterans. The program is intended to help organizations recruit and hire veterans. To be a Veteran Employer Champion, companies must meet six benchmarks, according to a news release.

CONSUMER

Village Inn closes a Tulsa location

Village Inn Restaurants announced on Monday that it is closing one of its Tulsa-area locations. The restaurant at 3302 S. Memorial Drive was closed.


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