Bixby Teams Up with Area Cities to Create Joint SWAT Team

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Three cities in Green Country are pooling their resources to fight crime more effectively.

Bixby, Sand Springs and Sapulpa Police Departments are forming a three city SWAT team, called the Southwest Area Tactical team.

Bixby police officer Rene Torres plans to try out for the newly constructed team.

Since Bixby doesn’t have their own SWAT team, they’ve had to call in help from the Tulsa Police Department or the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office.

“Throughout my law enforcement career there’s been times where we’ve called different agencies to assist us in search warrants and things of that nature, barricaded individuals,” said Torres. “Sitting on the sidelines, observing and one day hoping to do something like that.”

For the last year…

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Regional Collaboration Will Move Northeast Oklahoma Forward

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From the outside, the trials and successes of the Tulsa Metro Chamber’s work in moving the region forward may not always be apparent. However, under the leadership of community volunteers, the chamber team is dedicated to accomplishing the mission of bringing new business to the region and retaining and growing existing businesses.

More than 130 public and private sector regional partners support regional economic development efforts through Tulsa’s Future, the chamber’s economic development initiative. Tulsa’s Future also unites 27 organizations representing 16 northeastern Oklahoma communities to enhance the economy and quality of life of the region. More than 10,800 jobs have been announced since 2011; of which more than half are above the initiative’s target income of $50,000 or greater, annually. The jobs that exceeded the target annual income of $50,000 or greater support additional jobs with an estimated income totaling more than $295 million.

The dynamic communities of northeast Oklahoma are also united through Tulsa’s Future in a strong commitment to regional economic development. Area chambers of commerce solidified that commitment in 2011 upon entering into an economic development compact, a groundbreaking moment in the region’s history. The partnership includes the chambers of Tulsa, Broken Arrow, Bixby, Jenks, Sapulpa, Sand Springs and Owasso. The spirit of collaboration continues to expand, with other area chambers expressing desire to join the compact.

While Tulsa’s Future is a regional collaboration, the importance of a…

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Bixby Might Use Vision2 Funds for Bridge Over Arkansas River

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BIXBY – An effort to put a bridge over the Arkansas River in southern Tulsa County has life again

Bixby Mayor Ray Bowen said his city would propose spending its $11.3 million share of Vision2 funds on helping to build a bridge somewhere on the river, if voters approve the initiative on Nov. 6.

Such a bridge – a Bixby goal since 2004 that has long been opposed by south Tulsa leaders and residents – makes the most sense for the city, he said.

The City Council will take the idea to a town hall meeting if Vision2 passes, he said.

“I think it would be something just about 100 percent supported by our citizens,” he said, adding that “few projects will offer as much potential to improve public safety, quality of life and economic development for our community and this region.”

Because a bridge would cost far more than Bixby’s share of the funds, the city would likely seek additional funding from state agencies or area municipalities – possibly including Jenks, which joined Bixby in a previous bridge proposal, City Councilor Steve Todoroff said.

He said the city has no specific location in mind, but that it would consider Yale Avenue and points east.

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Vision 2 Projects in Bixby

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BIXBY – Mayor Ray Bowen said he is uncertain whether the city would identify its potential Vision2 projects before the proposal’s Nov. 6 election.

The $748.8 million proposal would extend the countywide 0.6 percent Vision 2025 sales tax rate through 2029 and allocate $11.3 million for quality-of-life projects in Bixby.

City officials have a general idea of how to spend the money, but they want to hear from residents at a public meeting before proposing projects, Bowen said.

“I don’t know where (the meeting) will happen before” Nov. 6, he said. “It very well could be that we’d have it done. We just haven’t scheduled anything.”

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Local Chamber Leaders Attend Legislative Advocacy Workshop

Local Chamber Leaders from Across the State Attend Legislative Advocacy Workshop

Seventeen local chambers attended the State Chamber hosted Legislative Advocacy Workshop this week, where local chamber executives and their board leaders learned more about the legislative process and key legislative issues. In an effort to keep local chambers involved in grassroots efforts at the Capitol, the State Chamber has developed a set of Key Legislative Principles outlining issues that will be important at the Capitol this next legislative session and allowing local chambers and their members to be educated on these issues in advance. Chambers can then adopt the Key Legislative Principles and be prepared to act quickly on issues important to their members this next legislative session. The State Chamber is excited to partner with these chambers in an effort to have a statewide unified voice on business issues. Speakers included the State Chamber lobby team, President and CEO Fred Morgan, Senator Clark Jolley, and Jenks Chamber President Josh Driskell.

Bixby Park and Trail System Expansion

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BIXBY – Planned expansions to the city’s parks and trail system will make it the envy of Tulsa County, city officials say.

Construction is expected to begin this month on a $5 million expansion of the Bentley Park Sports Complex and a $100,000 extension of jogging trails at Washington Irving Memorial Park.

The city also plans to add up to 15 miles of trails in coming years, including branches that would join with Tulsa’s trails to form a massive loop along the Arkansas River and the Creek Turnpike.

“Once we get our loop (to the Creek Turnpike), that will absolutely make us one of the best trail systems anywhere,” Mayor Ray Bowen said. “We’ve already got one of the best in all of Tulsa County.”

The city has about eight miles of jogging trails, he said.

The longest – the Fry Creek Trail, which begins at Bentley Park at Memorial Drive and 148th Street, crosses an Arkansas River pedestrian bridge and ends near 124th Street between Memorial Drive and Sheridan Road – would be the backbone of the Arkansas River loop.

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Tulsa Business Named One of America’s Fastest-Growing Companies

Tulsa Business Named One of America’s Fastest-Growing Companies

Integrated Business Technologies honored with Inc. 500l5000 Award


TULSA, Okla. – Broken Arrow-based Integrated Business Technologies (IBT) today announced it has been named one of the fastest-growing privately held companies in America by Inc. Magazine. IBT ranks 1,137 of 5,000 on the 2012 Inc. 500l5000 list.


Since launching in 2007, IBT has experienced consecutive years of substantial revenue growth. IBT has grown 501 percent to date and increased its staff from two employees in 2007 to 26 in August 2012.


“As a Broken Arrow-based company, we take great pride in representing Oklahoma on a national level,” said Eric Kehmeier, IBT president and co-founder. “While we are a values-driven business that anticipates continued growth, our ultimate goal is to be a customer service-oriented IT solutions company that exceeds our clients’ expectations and technology needs.”


As an Inc. 500l5000 business, IBT joins the ranks of past honorees, including Microsoft, Timberland, Vizio, Intuit, Jamba Juice, Oracle and


“We are excited and proud that a Broken Arrow-based business has been selected for this honor,” said Wes Smithwick, Broken Arrow Chamber president and chief executive officer. “IBT epitomizes the entrepreneurial spirit found throughout our community and we extend our sincerest congratulations to Eric and the IBT team.”


In 2011, IBT was ranked No. 7 on Tulsa’s Fast 40 list, which recognizes Tulsa’s fastest growing privately held companies.


IBT is a complete IT service company assisting small- and medium-sized businesses with technology planning, procurement, infrastructure solutions, and server and desktop support. Since 2007, IBT’s goal has been helping businesses get the most out of their technologies. For more information, visit


Water Restrictions Lifted

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The city has lifted the voluntary water restrictions it implemented July 31, city officials said Monday.

The restrictions also applied to residents of Jenks, Owasso and Bixby, which receive water from the city of Tulsa.

Mayor Dewey Bartlett signed an executive order Monday ending the voluntary water restrictions.

“We received great response from our water customers once voluntary restrictions were enacted two weeks ago,” Bartlett said in a news release. “Our plants have been running near 94 percent capacity, but with cooler temperatures and customers taking part in conserving, we have been able to bring our water usage level down dramatically.”

The restrictions were implemented after the city used 198.09 million gallons of water on July 29 and 207.3 million gallons July 30.

The July 30 usage figure is the highest of the year.

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Water Rationing Still Needed

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Tulsa’s water usage declined slightly Friday, but voluntary water rationing will remain in effect for city residents.

The city’s water customers consumed 199 million gallons Friday, according to city officials Saturday. It’s the first time since Sunday that water usage was under 200 million gallons.

The voluntary rationing also applies to residents of Jenks, Owasso and Bixby who receive water from the city of Tulsa.

The rationing order is triggered when water use tops 197 million gallons per day for two consecutive days. Should the city’s water usage exceed 204 million gallons two days in a row, the voluntary water restrictions announced Tuesday by Mayor Dewey Bartlett would become mandatory.

Those restrictions include…

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