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Tulsa Overview

A New Vision --"Great Cities don't happen… They're built."

In 1836 Tulsee town was founded under the Creek Council Oak Tree when the Lochapoka Creek Indians kindled a ceremonial fire using coals they had carried from their previous home of Alabama. Just as a few coals sparked a monumental fire, Tulsee town has grown to become Tulsa, the second biggest city in Oklahoma and is expected to grow by thirty thousand new residents by 2010. Consistent with their Native American origins, Tulsa has laid out five modern values for the city: a well-trained workforce, planning, accountability, customer service, and efficiency. Through its history and new values, Tulsa has become a perfect blend of the United States showcasing Southern charm, Eastern elegance, and Western flair.

Tulsa has a new plan, Vision 2025, chosen by the people for the people to facilitate new job creation, enhanced educational opportunities, private investment, and small business growth. In 2003 the city government chose projects created by citizens to be part of the Vision 2025 plan, which includes, among many projects, a wealth of support for community beautification projects and a new event center for concerts. Tulsa is also expanding its roadway projects to encourage economic development and tourism to ensure a prosperous future.

Tulsa has come far in technology and education since 1836. Two of the five national fiber optic networks are housed in Tulsa and the city is among only a few that has leading-edge technology supported by educational resources. It has the biggest public school system in the state, has one of the highest student-teacher ratios of all US cities according to CNN, and almost every Tulsa resident has a high school diploma. Tulsa's intellectual population enjoys two nationally known art museums, the Gilcrease Museum and the Philbrook Museum as well as a famous opera. Don't forget its home to the Greenwood Jazz Festival and its own Oktoberfest. While the arts and music of Tulsa demonstrate some of its new attributes, Tulsa does not forget its past. From the beginning of Tulsa's founding by a Native American tribe, the city has always been intertwined with its environment. Tulsa County has more than three thousand miles of lake shorelines and is home to the largest urban nature center in the country. Tulsa's environmental policies dealing with air quality and flood control are used as models for other US cities.

Perhaps the best characteristic of Tulsa are its' people and their interactions with one another. The city's Southern charm is evident in the hospitality of its population, as it has been quoted, "Describing the people as friendly is an understatement." It also has one of the highest amounts of income given to charity of all US cities. In relation to the city, the Vision 2025 plan depicts the overall involvement of citizens with their city's future as the government uses citizens' ideas to create policy changes. Furthermore the Mayor's Office for Neighborhoods facilitates discussion between neighborhood residents and city officials to constantly get input on the effects of governmental policies. The local government even plans parties for Tulsans. What other city has a day saved for a citywide block party?


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